How do I become a professional member of the AIA (American Institute of Architects)?

3 August, 2021 Russell Fetzer 3

Answers (3):

    5 August, 2021

    There are two ways to enter the profession of interior design. You can major in Interior Design in one of many degree programs that offer this course, usually at a university or four-year college. Alternatively, you could earn an AIA Charter.

    The AIA charter is an option for those who already have some post-graduate education and training in architecture but don't want to go through the hassle of earning a degree in architecture first. A person with a professional license or credential in Architecture from another Jurisdiction may be eligible for exemption from educational requirements and may then apply for Architect Registration as an individual on the basis of experience only after passing all required exams and inspections on site examination experience, basic knowledge, insight into human environment, etc.

    5 August, 2021

    An interior design professional is typically qualified to become a professional member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) through their affiliation with an accredited school program. This includes schools that are regionally accredited and programs that are not yet officially recognized by the AIA for others in the profession.
    If you are considering applying as an individual, you should be prepared to provide evidence of your credentials before being considered for membership. These qualifications include at least four years of practical experience, two years in a design partnership post-graduate degree or superior academic achievements‚ at least five peer reviews and completed continuing education courses in architectural design theory, project management and leadership or related subjects.

    5 August, 2021

    There are 2 ways to become a professional member of the American Institute of Architects. You can either meet educational requirements, or show evidence of 3-5 years experience in architecture. The minimum requirements for third year standing at an approved college or university is 5 course (10 credits).
    For those who have over 5 years' experience as an interior designer they need to submit a portfolio and resume with evidence of competency and establish their credibility by providing examples of relevant work experience. They must also undergo principles in Interior Design state registration examination OR provide professional assessment through NICET certification at Level III or IV test scores.