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The Australian Institute of Architects is the peak body for architecture in Australia. It gives voice to the profession through advocacy and engagement with the built environment, and supports architects in their professional practice.

Join the Australian Institute of Architects

Being an Institute member offers you the chance to help shape the future of the architecture profession in Australia. You can choose your level of involvement – the more involved you are, the more rewarding your membership will be.

There are a range of options to suit all levels of experience and participation. Review the criteria in the ‘Which membership is right for you?’ section below.

To review the benefits of each membership type, visit the Member benefits page.

To apply, you can download an application form in ‘Which membership is right for you?’ below, or you can contact the National Membership team.

For a full price list, download the 2016 Membership Rates.

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Which membership type is right for you?

I am a registered architect (or I was registered or am eligible for registration).

You are eligible for
Member Level 1 
Download the Member Level 1 application form
I would like to apply for A+ membership 

I am eligible to be a Member Level 1, I have reviewed the benefits of A+ and would like to apply.

Apply for A+ Membership

I am not a registered architect but I have completed a recognised architecture course and have 5+ years'  experience after graduation.

You are eligible for
Affiliate Level 1
Download the Affiliate Membership Application Form

I am not registered but I have an accredited architecture qualification from Australia.

You are eligible for
Graduate Membership
Download Graduate Membership Application Form
I am studying architecture, or a built environment or design related university course in Australia You are eligible for Student Membership with SONA (Student Organised Network for Architecture).  Apply for membership of SONA

I am a registered architect or

I am not a registered architect but have completed a recognised architecture course, and have 5+ years' experience after graduation

and I am an educator with a continuing 0.6 (or greater) time appointment on the staff of a recognised architecture course within Australia
You are eligible for
Academic Membership
Download the Academic Membership Application Form

I hold a formal qualification in an architecture related course (landscape architecture, engineering, planning, urban geography, interior design, urban design, environmental design or environmental engineering).

You are eligible for
Affiliate Level 2 Membership
Download the Affiliate Membership Application Form
Special Circumstances
The Institute offers special provisions for members who are unable to participate fully in employment due to being on parental leave or who are enrolled in Post Graduate studies

Special provisions are also in place for those experiencing hardship due to ill health or prolonged unemployment.

The Institute also offers discounted membership to corporate members who are retired from the workforce.
Parental Leave/Post Graduate Leave membership

Article 88 membership

Retired membership
 Contact the Membership Team 

Renew your membership

Log in to the Institute's online membership renewal system. Please use your member number and password.

Renew your membership

Automatic renewals

For your convenience, the Institute is moving to automated membership renewals; this means you will no longer need to manually renew your membership each year. This is what you need to know:

  • You will receive a notification via your nominated email account one (1) week before each payment will be withdrawn from your nominated credit card.
  • If you have opted to make annual payments, your membership subscription fee will be debited from your nominated credit card in the first week of January each year.
  • If you have opted to make quarterly payments, your membership subscription fee will be debited from your account in the first week of each quarter (January, April, July and October).
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that there are sufficient funds available in your account to allow a payment to be made. You can update your credit card details at any time via your member portal.
  • All credit card details are stored securely and managed by third party Transaction Network Services(TNS), a trusted payment solutions provider.
  • You may stop or defer a payment, or terminate this agreement by giving us at least fourteen (14) days notification by Fax to: 03 8620 3864 (Attention: “Membership”) or Email to: membership@architecture.com.au
  • Note that all credit card payments will incur an additional merchant service fee of 1.5% for VISA and MasterCard and 3.0% for American Express.

Direct debit now available

Renewing members can now choose to pay for their membership via direct debit. Renewing members can select the direct debit option when renewing their membership online at the end of the calendar year.

Apply for A+ membership

Congratulations on taking the first step to becoming an A+ practice.

If you have not yet done so, please visit the A+ page to check that you meet the eligibility requirements and to get a fee estimate for your practice.

New members, please complete a Member Level 1 application without making payment and contact our Membership team.

Current members, please login below using your employer ID and password. If you do not know your employer ID or need to create one, please contact the Membership Team to reset or create it for you.

Apply for A+ membership 

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Enter your employer ID or member number, or your name and the email associated with your membership, and your login details will be forwarded to your registered email address.

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