AIA Information


The American Institute of Architects is a national organization.  Below is an overview, for more information, please visit

About the American Institute of Architects

Based in Washington, D.C., the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857. For the latest news, visit the Pressroom.

Our Goal

With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society. (View the AIA 2010-2015 Strategic Plan and the AIA Strategic Plan Toolkit.)


The Texas Society of Architects is the our state level of the AIA organization.  Below is an overview, for more information, please visit  For on the TxA Committees, click here.

Mission Statement

The Texas Society of Architects/AIA is the voice for Texas architecture, supporting the creation of safe, beautiful, sustainable environments.


The roots of the Society date to the 1880s as the Texas State Association of Architects. In 1939, 47 architects paid charter dues and elected the Society’s first officers, officially forming the organization as it exists today. In 1951, the Society received its charter as a component of the American Institute of Architects.

Organization Structure

The Texas Society of Architects is governed by a Board of Directors, which consists of officers, elected at-large by the membership, and chapter directors, elected by their respective chapters. Additional members of the board are the public member director, an educator member director, an associate member director, the AIA regional associate director, and the Texas representatives to the AIA Board of Directors – all elected by the membership at-large.

There are currently over 6,000 members in Texas Society of Architects, including the following classifications of membership:

  • Architect Member
  • Associate Member
  • Associate Intern Member
  • Emeritus Member
  • Allied Member
  • Student Member

The following organizations were established by and are related to Texas Society of Architects:

  • Texas Architectural Foundation (scholarships)
  • Texas Architects Committee (political action committee)
  • Texas Society of Architects Disaster Action, Inc. (disaster response team)