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Organizational Structure

Board of Directors
The American Institute of Architects is governed by a Board of Directors, a nationally elected governing body that provides long-range strategic leadership.

The Board is composed of nationally elected AIA officers, including the president, president-elect, four vice presidents, secretary, and treasurer. Other members include an Associate AIA representative, a representative from the Council of Architectural Component Executives, a student representative, a Public Director, and other members as appointed by the President. The AIA’s Chief Executive Officer is an ex officio member.

Want to learn more about the Board and its activities? Visit the Board of Directors Directory for leadership information and member profiles.

If you’re an AIA member, request approved minutes from past Board meetings.

Strategic Council
The purpose of the Strategic Council is to advance the profession of architecture by informing the Board and other Institute bodies of important professional issues and opportunities. The Strategic Council is composed of current officers of the Institute, the immediate past president, regional representatives, at-large representatives, an Associate AIA representative, a representative from the Council of Architectural Component Executives, and a student representative.

For more information on the Strategic Council, visit the Strategic Council Directory for member profiles.

Components of the AIA
Complementing the Board are nearly 300 state and local components (or chapters), which link AIA members into a supportive network, providing members an opportunity to make a significant difference for the profession.

    • Local components sponsor a wide range of activities, including educational conferences, community service projects, post-disaster and urban design workshops, and Architect Registration Exam preparation classes.

    • Many state components offer educational conferences and networking opportunities and they play an integral role in representing your interests before state legislatures and regulatory agencies on architecture-related issues.

    • The Institute unites local and state members in the common causes of advocacy, community, and knowledge. Networking and national volunteer opportunities are available through knowledge communities and the Center for Communities by Design.

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