About AIA Memphis

AIA Memphis is a chapter of the American Institute of Architects serving Memphis and all of West Tennessee.

Our Mission

AIA Memphis is one of over 300 chapters across the country and around the world serving the industry and the public at the local, state and national level. Our mission is to promote architecture and the profession; advocate for livable and sustainable communities; and serve as a resource for our members. 

Established in 1953, AIA Memphis has served West Tennessee as the local chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) for 65 years. Members of AIA from across the globe have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Our local voices join more than 85,000 architects and allied professionals who work together to create a better future by design. We are proud to be a part of the AIA family who over the past 150 years have advanced the profession not only through shared knowledge, but by establishing standards for education, ethics, and service to the community that brings the health, safety and welfare of our diverse communities to the forefront.

AIA MEMPHIS ANNUAL REPORT: 2015 - 2016


The American Institute of Architects

For more than 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes.

On February 23, 1857, thirteen architects met to form what would become the American Institute of Architects. The group sought to create an architecture organization that would “promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members” and “elevate the standing of the profession.”

The founding members decided to invite sixteen other architects to the second meeting on March 10, 1857. These forward-thinking individuals agreed on a draft constitution and bylaws. The only change they made was to the name of the organization, at that time the New York Society of Architects. Thomas U. Walter, a well-known Philadelphia practitioner, suggested the American Institute of Architects.

From a small group of professionals sharing a meal, the Institute has grown to a robust, focused, organization providing guidance, service, and standards to architects around the world. The AIA continues to strive for quality, consistency, and safety in the built environment and to serve as the voice of the architecture profession.

For more information on the national AIA, visit www.aia.org.
For more information on the history of the AIA, visit www.aia150.org.