About AIA Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), AIA Pennsylvania, represents nearly 3,000 members across the commonwealth working at the forefront of a nearly $17 billion construction industry. AIA Pennsylvania advocates for the value of architecture and policies that promote economic prosperity and the health, safety, and welfare of the public. As a membership organization, we support architecture professionals with the statewide community, advocacy, and knowledge to affect positive outcomes through the power of design.

We protect the profession and fight for architecture that does more

We educate state legislators, officials, and industry professionals on the importance of a system that enables architects to do great work and move our state forward. AIA Pennsylvania annually organizes and mobilizes members to speak up for better policy through Architects Action Day and District Days. 

We celebrate Pennsylvania’s architecture community

We recognize the visionary solutions and dedication of Pennsylvania’s architectural community to affect positive social, environmental, and economic outcomes for communities and clients through four Architectural Excellence Awards programs –  the Design Awards, COTE (Committee on the Environment) Awards, Special Awards, and Student Awards. 

We offer professional development and engagement resources

Through webinars, committees, joint industry and cross-industry events, as well as regional conferences bringing together AIA chapters from across the country, we offer opportunities to develop technical, business, and leadership skills. The EPiC firm assessment and recognition program, mentorship program (PALM), and the Paula Maynes ARE Grant offer additional opportunities for professional development. 

AIA Pennsylvania firms with member presence are entitled to post job openings at-no-charge on the AIA Pennsylvania job board. Paper contract documents are available to members at a 30% discount. 


Advance, inspire, and advocate for the profession of architecture while providing for the health, safety and welfare of the built environment and the public.

Architecture has the power to improve the lives of the occupants that dwell in buildings and spaces for generations to come. As stewards of the places where we live, learn, work, heal, and play, architects are uniquely positioned to address the challenges of our time through design. That is why AIA Pennsylvania works to advance, inspire, and advocate for the architecture profession while providing for the health, safety, and welfare of the built environment and the public.


Lead our industry with vision for all issues important to the profession, particularly with regards to energy, the environment, and equity of architecture as a life-sustaining force.


Deliver quality services and tangible benefits to Pennsylvania members and the architecture profession so that we may improve the value of the built environment.

Details on how the mission, vision, and value statements support the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.