Who Can Join?

The WMAIA offers membership to registered architects and other interested eligible parties, including allied professionals (interior design professionals, construction professionals, vendors and suppliers of architectural elements) and students.

To find out more about becoming a member, contact the Executive Director, Lorin Starr via email, or download and fill out one of the forms at right.

To sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, which is free and available to the public, contact Lorin Starr via email.

Membership Types

AIA Architect
This membership is available to architects registered anywhere within the United States.
Architect – pdf

Associate AIA
This membership is available to those holding a degree in architecture and working toward registration or those who work under the supervision of a registered architect.
Associate – pdf

Associate to Architect
Associate to Architect – pdf

New Graduate Associate
Associate AIA dues are waived for the first year after graduation. Choose one of the following applications:
NON-NAAB-accredited architecture program – pdf
NAAB-accredited program | New Grad Associate – pdf

International Associate AIA
membership is available to those U.S. residents licensed for architecture by a non-U.S. authority.
International Associate – pdf

Affiliate WMAIA
This is a community
membership, available to those individuals or corporations who share an interest in architecture, or to professional colleagues without architectural degrees.
WMAIA Affiliate – pdf

membership, for those transferring their membership from another AIA chapter.
Transfer – pdf

Any Architect or Associate 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.
Architect to Emeritus – pdf
Associate to Emeritus – pdf

Financial Hardship Waiver Form
Financial hardship and unemployment/partial employment waivers cover up to one year and may be granted in several consecutive years. Medical disability, sabbatical and family leave waivers are annual and renewable upon request for up to a total of four consecutive years.
Dues Adjustment Form – pdf

A student membership is available to full time students interested in or studying architecture.
Student Membership INFO

Membership Benefits

Program Discounts
Members receive discounts on all WMAIA programs.  Our chapter is committed to providing continuing education programs—necessary to maintain architectural registration in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts— locally and at a reasonable cost.  These include: dinner meetings; a winter professional development series; and co-sponsorship of lectures and symposiums at the University of Massachusetts. Dates and subject matter for upcoming events are included in the events section of this website.

Your WMAIA membership includes subscriptions to the following periodicals:
Architect magazine, a national magazine for the AIA, published digitally.
WMAIA News, the quarterly newsletter of the Western Massachusetts Chapter.

Local and National Memberships
As a WMAIA member, you are a member of the local and national chapters, and may take advantage of the opportunities and programs offered through each:
AIA National
AIA Massachusetts
Also be sure to check out the programs and opportunities offered by the Boston Society for Architecture.

Financial and Insurance Programs
You are also eligible to take advantage of insurance and financial programs through the AIA Trust.

Please visit each of these websites to find out more about opportunities, programs, benefits and more.