Our industry changes every day. New ideas, technology, materials, business opportunities, and more are constantly emerging. AIAU makes it easy to keep up—offering learning units (LUs) on the topics you need to stay current, the tactics and trending issues that affect your practice, and the ideas you crave for inspiration.

AIAU features rigorously-curated content for architects, designers, builders, and others working in our diverse and evolving field. These online courses supplement events in your community, giving you learning you can access any time of day, from any place in the world with an Internet connection.

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AIA Memphis Emerging Professionals Leadership Program

In connection with its 60th Anniversary, AIA Memphis launched the AIA Memphis Emerging Professionals Leadership Program in 2013 to prepare the next generation of leaders to serve and lead the design profession. With funding awarded by the national College of Fellows and the 2013 AIA National Leadership Initiative, the AIA Memphis Emerging Professionals Leadership Program features a leadership curriculum to enable emerging leaders of the profession to learn from local members of the College of Fellows and invited speakers in key areas of leadership. The Leadership Program participants range from recent graduates to architects licensed 10 years or less.

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The AIA Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

College of Fellows


The AIA acknowledges the importance of mentoring in the AIA Code of Ethics where members are encouraged to “nurture their fellow professionals as they progress through stages of their career, beginning with professional education in the academy, progressing through internship, and continuing throughout their career.” Mentors play a critical role in NCARB’s Intern Development Program (IDP), as these individuals help developing architects review and reflect on their work. 

AIA Mentor Program

State Licensure

Each jurisdiction sets its own requirements for initial registration, examination, and corporate practice. Because each jurisdiction may change its rules, statutes, and regulations at any time, it is always advisable to check with the individual board to verify registration and practice requirements.

Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners

Young Architects Forum (YAF)

The Young Architects Forum (YAF) is a program of the American Institute of Architects and is organized to address issues of particular importance to recently licensed architects. 

Young Architects Forum

AIA Trust

The purpose of The AIA Trust is to develop and offer insurance and benefit programs of the greatest possible value and to serve as a risk management resource for members and components of the American Institute of Architects.

Established in 1952 by The American Institute of Architects as separate entity, the AIA Trust is a governed by a group of six AIA members and one AIA component executive who serve as Trustees, appointed by the AIA President. The Trustees, working with independent consultants, evaluate, select, and monitor programs that meet the Institute’s high standards of quality, value, financial stability, service, and coverage, adhering to strict criteria. The AIA Trust serves as a member-advocate in getting information and claims handled properly and promptly.

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