“I call architecture frozen music.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There are over 120,000 architects in the US and more than two-thirds, over 80,000 of us, are members of the American Institute of Architects. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the AIA is the only organization solely committed to advancing the cause of architects and architecture and it has a well- established structure at national, regional, state and local levels.

Architecture is a team sport, but architects are a pretty lonely bunch. The vast majority of us work in small firms and we need each other. For most of us, the AIA is the only organization capable of effectively championing our causes - encouraging design excellence, advancing building technology (including continuing education), and helping us protect public health, safety and welfare.

The AIA isn't perfect, but it is our best hope for strengthening the architecture profession and for supporting individual architects. We work to make it better by leading at the local, state and national levels. We serve on lots of committees, organize special events and presentations, and many of us have served as both state and local chapter officers.