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AIA Membership

  • 1.  AIA Membership

    Posted 12-18-2019 10:28

    Does anyone know the rules for retiring AIA membership?  Can I maintain FAIA status without maintaining AIA membership?

    Thanks, Melinda Pearson, FAIA, Nebraska


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  • 2.  RE: AIA Membership

    Posted 12-19-2019 17:37
    When you change your membership in the AIA to Architect Emeritus, you keep the title Fellow and the initials FAIA.  You will be registered as an Emeritus member and continue to receive the monthly AIA Architect magazine. The nice thing, after paying dues all these years to this wonderful organization, you pay no more dues.  I suggest you call the AIA for details as there is an age limit.

    Terrance Brown, FAIA
    Fellow of the American Institute of Architects
    Architect Emeritus

  • 3.  RE: AIA Membership

    Posted 12-19-2019 18:08

    Thanks Terrance.  I'm contemplating retiring.....


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  • 4.  RE: AIA Membership

    Posted 12-20-2019 17:24
    We do not use the word "retire" in our house, preferring to refer to ourselves as having "graduated". This implies a long career ahead of us, keeping us busy.
    The AIA is more generous than my professional birth-mother, the RIBA which insists on continuing subscription.
    Do be careful about tail-end professional liability; and about terminating your state licensure.
    Good luck on your graduation - congratulations!

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  • 5.  RE: AIA Membership

    Posted 12-19-2019 19:35
    I think the minimum age for emeritus status is now 70 years old with 10 years continuous membership. Double check that.

    Terry Welker FAIA
    Ohio Valley Region Strategic Councilor
    Chief Building Official
    City of Kettering
    Kettering OH

  • 6.  RE: AIA Membership

    Posted 12-20-2019 11:59
    Thanks Terry. 

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    Melinda Pearson

  • 7.  RE: AIA Membership

    Posted 12-23-2019 18:13
    Emeritus status has its benefits. All your benefits are basically the same except you don’t have to pay dues. Registration fee for last years Convention was half price as emeritus and that was great. Hope it stays that way.

    Michael J. Buono, FAIA, LEED AP

  • 8.  RE: AIA Membership

    Posted 12-21-2019 08:35
    Yes I think 70 is the age of emeritus standing

  • 9.  RE: AIA Membership

    Posted 12-23-2019 20:08
    On Retiring . . . oh dear.

    I always told my students that Architecture was not a job . . . it was a way of life!
    And how can a person retire from a way of life?

    For me, the emphasis is a little different - visual art - abstract expressionism with I suppose an influence of Architecture to be specific.
    So the joy of a way of life continues.

    Donald Sunshine FAIA
    Professor of Architecture
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg VA

  • 10.  RE: AIA Membership

    Posted 12-19-2019 17:52
    Go to AIA.org, log in and your profile should be displayed.  There is a box to update your personal info and you should be able to change your practice status to "retired".  Don't retire from AIA because AIA treats us emeritus architects with great consideration.  Once you are in retired status, annual renewal is automatic and free.  You still get the magazine and other communications / opportunities per your interests.  They even give a discount for convention fees.  

    Let your chapter know of your retirement as well.

    James R. Foster, FAIA
    Architect Emeritus
    13004 Green Road
    West Fork, AR 72774

  • 11.  RE: AIA Membership

    Posted 12-19-2019 18:35
    The AIA has an Emeritus classification.
    call the Institute membership number on the AIA web site and inquire on how to apply.

    Edward Huckaby FAIA Emeritus
    Sugar Land, TX.

  • 12.  RE: AIA Membership

    Posted 12-20-2019 08:34
    You need to be at least 70 and retired to apply for Emeritus membership. I did it and no longer pay any AIA dues, although now willing to donate to various AIA funds.

    Ilene Tyler FAIA
    Ann Arbor MI

  • 13.  RE: AIA Membership

    Posted 12-20-2019 12:46
    You may apply for emeritus membership, through State and National if you are retired , emeritus membership continues and Fellowship is permanent.

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