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The Institute is a connected community of over 14,500 members across Australia and overseas. Together, we give a voice to the profession and uphold the highest standards in our practice.
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We offer a range of membership options to suit all levels of experience, participation, and practice size.
Registered Architects in Australia.
Experienced graduates of architecture (graduated 2018 or earlier) or non-practicing architects working in non-traditional roles and academics with accredited qualifications.
Holders of an accredited qualification in architecture within the last 5 years and who are not yet registered as an architect.
Students enrolled in a bachelor degree (or higher) course of study in a built-environment related field.
Designed for individuals with built environment related qualifications or those holding a degree from a recognised architecture course, but not registered.
Practice membership provides your practice with the necessary tools to help you deliver the best professional service to you clients.
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A+ Membership provides your practice with the necessary tools to help you deliver the best professional service to you clients.
Each individual professional staff member is given access to the Institute’s Australian Standards Quick Reference service, dedicated HR and IR information service, and more.
Interested in becoming an A+ practice?
If you were not a financial member from December 1st, 2023 or your membership has lapsed, you will need to re-join.
To re-join, please complete the application form. It is important that you sign In at the top of the application form so that previous membership records are retained. If you are having difficulty logging in please contact the membership team.
Members can pay either by one annual payment or in four quarterly instalments (excl student membership).
To be eligible for A+ membership a practice must first meet all requirements of the relevant Architects Registration Board for architectural practices in Australia (if any). Discreet business units or cost centres in multi-disciplinary organisations or government bodies may also be eligible provided that the primary activity of the business unit is the practice of architecture and, the unit is also under the direction of a registered architect. Sole practitioners, provided they are registered architects, are eligible for A+ membership. Only architects registered to practice in Australia can lead an application for A+ membership.
Non-practicing architects have the option to choose between the Member and Associate categories. Associate category members receive the same benefits as Member category members, with the exception of no longer being able to use a Member badge and different post-nominals (Associate RAIA). If you would like to convert from the Member category to Associate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with confirmation of your non-practicing status attached.
Please email the membership team at email@example.com to unlock your account.
Concessional fees are available to members working the equivalent of 2 days or less per week. Submit your application form followed by the concession form.
The Institute offers a childcare concession to those who work 20 hours or less per week. Submit your application form followed by the concession form.
Each state and territory of Australia has its own Architect Registration Board established under legislation to register architects and architectural practices, conduct disciplinary investigations, pursue unregistered use of the term architect (and associated words), accredit programs of study and educate the public on architectural issues. You cannot call yourself an architect in Australia unless you hold registration with one of the Architect Registration Boards. The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) is the national voice for the Architect Registration Boards and owns the National Standard of Competency for Architects (NSCA) in Australia. The AACA website provides extensive information and resources about accredited courses of architecture in Australia, the pathways to architectural registration, migration and overseas qualification assessments.
The Australian Institute of Architects is the peak body for architects in Australia. The Institute provides access to resources and benefits that support best practice, lobbies federal and state/territory governments on critical issues that relate to architects and architecture, recognises excellence in architecture through the National Architecture Awards and provides professional development opportunities and peer support networks.
Once we have received payments, you can access your tax invoice by logging into your membership profile and navigating to ‘My Membership’.
The Institute allows special dispensation for active members who would like to maintain their membership, but are experiencing financial hardship due to prolonged ill-health, unemployment, performing carers duties or other significant circumstances.
Fee relief is available to current and joining members who have taken time off work to care for a child under the age of five.
Those approved for parental leave membership will also have limited access to complimentary and discounted CPD bundles.
Parental leave membership is available for two consecutive years. However, members can reapply if eligible. Conditions apply.
Many of our membership categories are open to Australian and international architects and built-environment professionals living overseas.
We host Boarding Pass events in different countries throughout the year and hold a tailored awards and prizes program for projects abroad and contributions of architects connected to Australia in the global arena through.
The Institute offers a discounted fee to members who are substantially retired from the work force. Retired membership offers members the opportunity to continue their connection to the profession in retirement while enjoying the same rights and privileges of full membership, including the use of appropriate post-nominals. Conditions apply.
The Institute provides a special academic rate for educators with a continuing 0.6 (or greater) time appointment on the staff of a recognised architecture course within Australia. Academic members must be eligible for either Member, Fellow, Life Fellow or Associate category.
Academic members receive regular local and national e-news, voting rights, Architecture Australia digital magazine, local Chapter events, member discounts and more.