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Paul Neal "Red" Adair

AIA|DC Membership

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the nation’s largest organization representing members of the architectural profession. Founded in 1887, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects serves the Nation's Capital, functioning as both the “local” and “state” component of the AIA for the District of Columbia. Representing more than 2,000 architects and related professionals, we are the sixth largest chapter in the country. The Chapter was intimately involved in the design and planning of Washington, DC and it continues to play an active role in city development today.

AIA|DC is dedicated to meeting the needs of Washington’s architects, designers, contractors, and related industry professionals. How? By providing quality service, advancing member value, supporting professional development and providing unique networking opportunities.

Membership in AIA|DC gives you access to a local network of leaders and innovators eager to share information and exchange ideas to help you enhance your career and your practice.

  • Learn more about our membership types and join AIA|DC
  • Companies that supply products or services to architecture firms, click here to learn about Corporate Affiliate member benefits.
  • Individuals that supply products or services to architecture firms, click here to learn about Professional Affiliate member benefits.


Please click the following link to the “I AM AIA” video developed through AIA’s Diversity and Inclusion Council showcasing members from diverse ethnic backgrounds, gender, age, geographical areas and practice types: