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History and Mission

Our mission is to serve the AIA Iowa membership by being the voice of the profession of architecture, promoting the value of good design, and advocating for the health and safety of the public.


The Chapter


In 1904, eight architects in Des Moines elected to form a Component of The American Institute of Architects (AIA). Today, more than 900 licensed architects and intern architects across the state belong to the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Individual membership within the Chapter consists of: Member (registered architect); Associate Member (does not hold a license to practice, but holds a professional degree in architecture or is employed by an architect in a technical capacity). In addition, there are three membership categories for people who are not architects: Professional Affiliate Member (affiliated design professional); Allied Member (allied to the architectural field); and Student Affiliate (students currently earning a degree in architecture). AIA Iowa also has a Firm Membership category that offers specific benefits for Architectural Firms located in Iowa.

Relationship Model

The AIA Iowa Member is at the core of all we do at the Chapter. As you can see from the model below, the state of Iowa is broken down into five sections: Central Iowa, North East Iowa, North West Iowa, South East Iowa, and South West Iowa. The Chapter is part of the AIA Central States Region, a five state region encompassing Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.


Chapter Memberships

AIA Iowa is proud to be a member of the following organizations: 

American Society of Association Executives
Downtown Des Moines Chamber
Great Des Moines Chamber
Iowa School Safety Alliance
Iowa Society of Associations Executives
Iowa Environmental Council
The Power of A Ambassadors Program

Chapter Objectives

I. Communicate the Value: Promoting the Profession of Architecture (External)

Promote the profession of architecture within the general public and related industries to increase understanding and raise perception.

a.      Include a focus of process in addition to projects with common language.
b.      Highlight that Architecture can improve business and employee well-being.
c.      Educate the public and related industries on what architects do, how they do it.

II. Engaging Members: Increase Member Satisfaction (Internal)

Communicate the value and benefits of AIA Iowa membership and inform the membership of the services we provide to increase member satisfaction.
a.     Increase awareness of what services and benefits are provided.
b.     Be aware of what the younger generation need and want from the Chapter.
c.     Be transparent throughout all aspects of opportunities for Leadership.

III. Advocacy: Advocate for our Membership and the Profession (External)

Represent the interests of the Membership in relation to the Profession of Architecture and preserve and enhance the laws and policies that most directly impact architectural practice.
a.      Encourage a cultural shift within Membership to support Chapter Government Affairs efforts.
b.      Increase awareness of Government Affairs and Public Policy successes.
c.      Position the Chapter as a resource amongst legislators and elected officials.


IV. Professional Development: Encourage the Professional Growth of the Membership (Internal)

Create professional development programming to encourage professional growth of the Membership.
a.      Implement professional development programming to encourage professional growth of individuals’ careers.
b.      Promote best practices amongst firms state-wide.
c.      Assist the membership in obtaining and maintaining professional licensure.



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