Thought everyone might like to see the many thoughts I received from some knowledgeable FAIA's, and this isn't all of them... Thanks for responding. What a great group.
Happy Holidays. Melinda Pearson, FAIA
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.
The Institute Bylaws were amended in 2017, by action at the national convention. Prior to that, a member could attain Emeritus status at 70 years of age or by petitioned exception. Now, an AIA member in good standing for a minimum of 15 years may apply for Emeritus status. I gained Emeritus status at 68, with 32 years of continuous membership.
Institute Bylaws -
2.3 MEMBERS EMERITUS
2.311 Architect Members. Any Architect member may apply for Emeritus status
who has been in good standing in the Institute for fifteen successive years
immediately prior to his or her application, and either (i) has attained the age of
70 and is retired from the profession of architecture, or (ii) is so incapacitated as
to be unable to work in the profession.
I think the minimum age for emeritus status is now 70 years old with 10 years continuous membership. Double check that.
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.
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.
You can go on "emeritus" status. All you have to do is notify your local chapter or national and tell them you are retiring. My local chapter in Seattle noticed my low membership number while I was still working and told me I could go on emeritus status. You don't have to pay dues anymore and you still get your free copy of Architect mag. I think they automatically reenroll me every year. You can also keep your fellowship designation and attend any conferences, conventions, etc that you want to if you want to stay somewhat engaged. I hope this helps.
You may apply for emeritus membership, through State and National if you are retired , emeritus membership continues and Fellowship is permanent.
I saw your question about maintaining FAIA after retirement.
I am no expert, but found this on AIA's site:
Any Architect/Associate member may apply for Emeritus status who has been in good standing in the Institute for fifteen successive years immediately prior to his or her application, and either (i) has attained the age of 70, and is retired from the profession of architecture.
I am retiring before I turn 70, so I am curious what you find out.
You can use the member designation FAIA Member Emeritus. New York has a link to the application: http://www.aianys.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2019_architect_to_emeritus.pdf
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.
Change your status to emeritus.
http://content.aia.org/sites/default/files/2019-07/Institute_Bylaws_revised_June_2019.pdf Check pages 9 and 10 of the AIA Bylaws regarding emeritus membership - link is above. Double check with your chapter executive director.
I retired from holding a current license, E&O insurance, and went Emeritus at the AIA. I still get all the benefits of the AIA and none of the liabilities of maintaining a license. You can - and should - still call yourself an architect. You have MORE than earned it. Contact your local AIA chapter to confirm all this.