A’18 aia national conference on architecture



What is the AIA in architecture?

The name The American Institute of Architects and the initials (AIA) are registered trademarks. This means that no one has the right to use them to describe any other organization, individuals, or activities connected with the architecture profession without the Institute’s permission.

Where is the 2022 AIA Convention?

ChicagoThe architecture and design event of the year returns to Chicago. With the city as our backdrop, we’ll explore architecture’s ability to drive new thinking in one of the most design-forward, sustainable cities in the U.S. Welcome back.

What is AIA stand for?

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How many architects are members of the AIA?

94,000 membersAIA was founded in 1857 by 13 architects. Now we’re more than 94,000 members strong. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we have more than 200 chapters around the world. We advocate for the value of architecture and give architects the resources they need to do their best work.

What is AIA known for?

AIA is the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group – with a presence in 18 markets across Asia. For more than a century, AIA has strived to make a significant, positive impact for our customers and communities across Asia.

Who made architecture?

The earliest surviving written work on the subject of architecture is De architectura by the Roman architect Vitruvius in the early 1st century AD.

What is the role of the AIA?

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) works to advance our nation’s quality of life and protect the public’s health, safety and welfare, as it has done for 160 years. Each day AIA members across the country and throughout the world create the places where people live and learn, work, and play.

Is it worth joining AIA?

It’s definitely been worth it for me. If you’re a new grad and can take advantage of the free membership deal, there’s really no reason not to join even if your local chapter isn’t as active.

What nationality are most architects?

The most common ethnicity of Architects is White (71.3%), followed by Asian (13.8%) and Hispanic or Latino (9.9%). The majority of Architects are located in NY, New York and DC, Washington.

Can you join the AIA if you are not an architect?

Individuals who do not hold a degree in architecture, but share an interest in the built environment as a professional colleague or enthusiast, are eligible for Local Allied membership. Your membership is at the local level.

What does AIA stand for in South Africa?

Approved Inspection Authority (AIA)

What does AIA stand for in billing?

AIA billing is a system, created by the American Institute of Architects in 1992, that serves as a standardized way for contractors to submit work-related paperwork to architects.

Q&A with Sheela Søgaard

Sheela Søgaard, A’18 keynoter and CEO and partner at the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), discusses a range of topics and shares a first look at her A’18 keynote.

Keynote simulcasts at the Javits Center

We’re offering a live simulcast option at the Javits Center for both keynote events. Find all the details, including registration information, here.
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These 10 sessions take a critical look at some of the most important topics in architecture and explore unconventional solutions. Limited seats available!

The Pro Series Lineup

These powerhouse sessions are your exclusive opportunity to hear directly from keynoters, award winners, firm principals, and leaders—in a small group setting.
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Q&A with Sir David Adjaye

Sir David Adjaye discusses a range of topics and shares a first look at his Day 1 keynote on Thursday, June 21.
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New AIA members get free registration!

Put your member benefits to work for you in New York City with free registration to the AIA Conference on Architecture. New members get free registration, a benefit worth up to $875.
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11 top tips for first-timers

These 11 tips will help you make the most of your first AIA Conference on Architecture.
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Excitement is building!

The architecture and design event of the year returns to Chicago. With the city as our backdrop, we’ll explore architecture’s ability to drive new thinking in one of the most design-forward, sustainable cities in the U.S. Welcome back.

Master new skills

The designed world is getting more complex. This conference delivers the path forward. Acclaimed architects, designers, and building product manufacturers deliver best-in-class CE. Earn your HSW, ADA, GBCI, RIBA & AIA LUs for the year!


Pack your schedule! 90+ seminars explore the topics, projects, & trends that are redefining our industry.


Develop practical knowledge & skills through nine workshop-style sessions, free with registration!


Explore Chicago’s magnificent architecture through 75+ expertly curated, architect-led, one-of-a-kind tours.

Expo CE

Learn about new solutions from leading building product manufacturers through 100+ sessions on the expo floor.

The Architecture Expo

The materials that are building our future, all in one place—with a twist. The expo will use Chicago’s iconic cityscape to showcase the newest building products and connect design professionals to on-site technical experts, live programming, & demos.

AIA Conference on Architecture

A’21 brings together leaders in architecture and beyond for a four-day, immersive digital experience that defines the year ahead. It’s the architecture and design event of the year!

June 17

Thriving in a competitive business climate is difficult, even in the best economy. Learn to adapt your design values to current realities, reevaluate your market position, and proactively secure work while enhancing your brand.

July 8

Buildings are responsible for about 40% of the world’s carbon emissions. Learn how to painlessly, profitably, and equitably add sustainable design to your firm’s portfolio of services and strategies to convince clients of its value.

July 29

Communities prosper when architects are involved, but barriers remain to individual agency and action. Learn how to be an agent of change in communities using advocacy and consensus building to create equity.

August 19

Climate change highlights the need for drastically reducing our carbon emissions. Learn how innovations in contracts, regulation, labor, manufacturing, and materials are changing firms’ work and the AEC industry.

Keynotes & speakers

Hear from the best in architecture, design, and beyond, including keynotes by José Andrés, Dr. Robert Bullard, Shelley Halstead, Gabriella Gómez-Mont, and leaders from ARO, BIG, McKissack & McKissack, SHoP Architects, and Moody Nolan!

Schedule at-a-glance

Here’s a snapshot of what to expect for each day! View the schedule for the big names, digital product demos, inspired networking, and 50+ sessions earning HSW, GBCI, RIBA, and AIA LU credits.


We are thrilled to be welcoming AIA members to our city next June for thought-provoking discussions, meaningful learning, and reconnecting with friends and colleagues at the A’22 AIA Conference on Architecture . Sign up now for updates and announcements.

Four Ways You and Your Firm can Get Involved

There are multiple opportunities to get your name in front of 20,000 architects and designers from across the country! Sponsorship opportunities are available for the AIA Chicago Lounge, the Tour Departure Lounge , or the Tour Program .


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