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AIA National

American Institute of Architects

The BSA's parent institution, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is a professional organization for architects in the United States. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the AIA offers education, government advocacy, community redevelopment, and public outreach to support the architecture profession and improve its public image. The AIA also works with other members of the design and construction team to help coordinate the building industry.

Held annually, the AIA Convention is a place for architecture professionals to take a pulse of the industry, discover and discuss innovation, and further develop their skills. Read more at  

2017 AIA Component Calendar & Checklist


  • Reach out individually to non-renewing members and ask about their member experience. Suggest Dues Payment Program or dues adjustment, if appropriate.




  • March 1, 11:59 PM EST: Final deadline for one–yearaccredited components to apply for full accreditation (deadline will not be extended). Use this application portal.
  • March 8: Pre-Grassroots Optional Activities (Washington, DC)
  • March 910: AIA National Grassroots conference (Washington, DC)
  • March 17: Official AIA Convention Delegate Information Booklet posted online.
  • March 31: Deadline to apply for 2017 AIA Component Scholarship Program grant.
  • March 31: Deadline to apply for 2017 AIA Trust / CNA-Schinnerer Component grant.
  • March 31: Last day to pay 2017 dues before being lapsed.


  • Reach out to new graduates to encourage them to take advantage of the 18-month free membership program.



  • Early May: Guidelines released for National Endowment for the Arts FY2018 Our Town grants.
  • May 15: Deadline to file federal taxes with IRS (Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-N).
  • MidMay: Secretary’s “cease and desist” communication sent to lapsed members.
  • Early May: 2018 National dues rates announced. Review your state and local dues rates and prepare to report your rates to National.
  • Late May: Deadline to apply for AIA Emerging Professional Component Grant.



  • Review component bylaws after National Convention, in case AIA bylaws revisions require adjustments to your own bylaws. If updated, send your bylaws to AIA legal counsel for approval.
  • Review your strategic plan to determine your major goals for 2018.
  • Start your 2018 component budget.
  • Review contracts and vendor agreements for need, effectiveness and value.


  • July: Guidelines released for 2018 Component Excellence Awards.
  • Reach out to emerging professionals at local firms. Consider networking events or those that offer AXP credit.
  • Prepare for your fall election by recruiting board leaders.
  • Early July: Institute Resource Training (IRT) at AIA National (Washington, DC)
  • Mid–July: Members who will be audited for attainment of 2016 CES credits are notified. Reach out to help these members access CES credits from your component.
  • July 14–16: State Government Network conference (St. Louis)
  • July 1921: 2017 SpeakUp conference (Denver)


  • If your state renews registration in December, remind architects to fulfill CES requirements, and send details of your upcoming CES events. If renewal falls at another time, remind members 6 months ahead.
  • August 911: CACE annual meeting (Portland, OR)


  • Early September: Application deadline for National Endowment for the Arts FY2018 Our Town grants.
  • September 15: Deadline to report 2018 dues rates to AIA Member Support.
  • September 15: Early invoicing for 2018 dues begins.
  • September 30: Deadline for members under CES audit to satisfy 2016 continuing education requirements.


  • 2018 membership renewal invoicing continues through November.
  • If your design awards program is digital, consider sharing your winners with AIA Architect. If your program occurs earlier in the year, notify AIA Architect a month before your awards presentation.


  • If your insurance policies are up for renewal next year, review your coverage, exposure, limitations and premiums.
  • October: Deadline to enter for Component Excellence Awards.
  • MidOctober: Deadline to nominate members to the College of Fellows (2018 Class).
  • October 1: 2018 membership renewal invoices begin to arrive in members’ inboxes.
  • October 1: New member 15-for-12 promotion begins.
  • October 1: 2017 Dues Installment Program begins.


  • Early November: National Call for Issues
  • If you have created content that might be shared in an AIA Knowledge Community webinar, reach out to KCs now: Contact Doug Paul, managing director, Knowledge Communities.
  • If you plan to nominate a member to the AIA College of Fellows, order the FAIA submission package.


  • December 31: Deadline to add your 2018 board officer roster to netFORUM
  • December 31: Members under CES audit without sufficient credits for 2016 are terminated.
  • December 31: Deadline to renew 2017 Membership.

(Dates in italics are approximate or subject to change.)