How to Become a Member of the AIACBC

Go to the webpage Join the AIA . Be sure to list AIA Chesapeake Bay as your local chapter. To receive our latest meeting notices, please notify us at 410.268.3534 or

To renew your membership, go to the page.

As an Architect, Associate, or Emeritus member of AIA Chesapeake Bay, you will also be a part of AIA Maryland and AIA National.

If you are not qualified to be an Architect member or Associate Member, but are a professional in a practice related to Architecture, who has an established, worthy professional reputation, and an honorable standing in the Chapter territory, you can become a Professional Allied Member. Click here to learn more about the Allied Member Program…

Membership Benefits

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the voice of the architecture profession, dedicated to serving its members, advancing their value, and improving the quality of the built environment. As AIA members, more than 75,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners in design express their commitment to excellence and livability in our nation’s buildings and communities.

Membership in the AIA offers a vast pool of resources to help you compete in today’s market and keeps you informed of critical professional issues that may challenge your success.

Benefits of Membership: The Local Connection

Educational Programs

Local seminars and programs covering design, business and technical issues to develop your skills and keep you abreast of current trends, timely issues and products relevant to practice in the Chesapeake Bay region and beyond. Most of our programs allow you to obtain 1 or 2 of the Continuing Education Units required by the State of Maryland for licensure.

  • Networking
    The chance to meet and share ideas with other local professionals at our chapter events.
  • Professional Contacts
    Directory and website listing of individual members and affiliates.
  • Quality-Based Selection
    Promotion of Quality-Based Selection process to local jurisdictions and institutions.
  • Professional Recognition
    Recognition and promotion of member excellence through the AIA Chesapeake Bay Design Awards Program.
  • Advocacy
    Proactive legislative and regulatory activity at the local, state and national levels to protect the health, safety, and welfare of society.

**One of the priorities of our new website was to create a more dynamic presence for our members; to that end, please note the “sliders” that appear on the right hand side of every page of the site.  As a member, you are entitled to an “ad” in this area.  To be included, please send your company logo in jpeg format, sized to 281 pixels wide x 161 pixels tall to

Benefits of Membership: National Strength

Business and Career Development

  • AIA Credential
    AIA members may use the AIA credential with their name. AIA members also have the ability to use the AIA logo to illustrate their membership affiliation. (Some restrictions apply on logo usage.)
  • AIA Architect Finder
    AIA members who operate their own firm are placed in an online database. Potential clients use Architect Finder to search for architects within their geographic area and by areas of specialization (e.g., residential design, sustainable design).
  • AIA Career Center
    You can find professional and internship opportunities throughout the nation to advance your career or your practice. Firms and other employers can post jobs instantly, search resumes, and choose from thousands of highly qualified candidates.
  • Media Relations 
    This AIA Media Relations Support Center is intended to be a robust tool to aid you in implementing effective media relations efforts in your local and regional markets.


  • AIA Local and State Chapters
    Almost 300 state and local chapters serve AIA members around the country. Through interaction with your local chapter, you receive numerous opportunities to build your professional network of peers and influence issues that affect your business locally and at the state level. Visit your to learn more about networking activities, educational seminars, and regional updates.
  • AIA KnowledgeNet
    The AIA social networking platform emphasizes member to member communication: blogs, discussion forums, and professional resources authored by members.
  • AIA Knowledge Communities
    Knowledge Communities are your opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals to learn, collaborate, and share ideas in areas of professional interest. 18 Knowledge Communities help to increase your understanding of a specific area of the profession, from sustainable design to technology in practice.
  • Events
    Develop key business contacts with industry professionals at national, state, and local conferences.

Knowledge Resources

  • Educational Programs 
    Through a robust continuing education program, AIA members stay current and competitive—whether it’s at the AIA National Convention or a workshop offered by one of almost 3,000 AIA certified education providers.
  • AIA CES Discovery
    The CES records platform will display your transcript, help you find the best courses, and generally make your professional education journey a little easier.
    Advocacy Efforts
  • Legislative Agenda
    The AIA and its members have developed a legislative agenda that calls on Congress and the Administration to pursue policies that will stimulate work for architects. When Congress recently proposed a tax increase on individuals and small businesses that form S Corporations, thousands of AIA members, speaking in a collective voice, succeeded in tabling the proposal in the Senate.

Practice Resources

  • AIA Contract Documents
    Members receive a discount of up to 30 percent when purchasing AIA Contract Documents software. AIA Contract Documents are recognized as the industry standard.
  • Member Publications
    Keep up-to-date with the profession’s trends and issues with AIArchitect, our bi-weekly electronic newsletter. Membership also includes an annual print or digital subscription to ARCHITECT, the magazine of the AIA, and access to digital issues for EcoHome, eco-structure, and Residential Architect. Members can choose to have their print edition of ARCHITECT Magazine sent to a different individual, such as the local school of architecture or library. It’s easy to do. Please contact us by phone at 800-242-3837 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 800-242-3837 end_of_the_skype_highlighting(option 2) and let us know you wish to donate your print edition of Architect Magazine.
  • AIA Compensation Report
    Know your professional value by comparing your compensation performance regionally and nationally. A new compensation report will be available to members in 2011.
  • AIA Advantage and Exclusive Discounts
    Save on beneficial products and services offered through strategic partnerships with companies such as Dell, UPS, and Bank of America. All of the services you need to keep your business running more efficiently. Keep current with savings on professional resource materials at the AIA Store.
  • AIA Trust
    The AIA Trust serves members in areas essential to your livelihood as a professional. Legal services are just some of the programs it offers.

AIA Chesapeake Bay Chapter — 86 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 410.268.3534