AIA Goals

The American Institute of Architects is a voluntary not-for-profit organization now representing over 83,000 members in 304 chapters or components across the United States. The national organization was founded in 1857 in New York City.

The AIA works to provide its members with the services and support they need to function effectively in one of the most demanding professions in the world. The Institute is also committed to developing stronger public awareness of the value of architecture and the importance of good design. The mission of the AIA includes:

  • To organize and unite the profession in fellowship
  • To promote the profession’s aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency
  • To advance the science and art of planning and building by advancing standards of architectural education
  • To coordinate the building industry and profession to ensure better living standards through an improved environment
  • To make the profession of ever-increasing service to society
  • The AIA/Southern Oregon Chapter was founded on January 1, 1965. Over the last 50 years, the Chapter has grown and maintained an ongoing forum for practitioners, interns, and allied members.

The AIA/Southern Oregon Chapter aspires to accomplish the national AIA mission and offers its members the following component services:

  • Monthly meetings
  • Continuing education programs
  • Details, our newsletter
  • Architectural Experience Program and activities (AXP, formerly the Intern Development Program)
  • Architects in the Schools participation
  • Design awards program
  • Community service and contributions
  • Scholarship Program