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APR 1 | AIA National Photography Competition Deadline

The AIA National Photography Competition deadline is April 1, 2018.  Competition is open to all AIA members, and architects actively registered in the US.  This competition celebrates architecture and the handsome photographic interpretations of the environment by members of the profession. Cash awards; each entry fee covers five images in the submission, online at...

April 20 | AIASMC Scholarship Application Deadline

The AIASMC is pleased to announce the 2018 Academic Scholarship Awards Program. The awards program is intended to encourage and assist students graduating from high school as well as students already enrolled in college in their pursuit of a degree in architecture at a college or university level in an accredited architecture program. This expresses...

AIA San Francisco | ARE Pact Program

Dear Community Partners, We are thrilled to have you join us as partners in our programming for the year and to make 2018 a special one!  I wanted to take this opportunity to share information with you about our ARE Pact program. Many of you may not be already be aware of this unique...

Design Tech High School to Be Honored for Sustainability

Design Tech High School on the Oracle campus and those who created it will be honored by Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) at a dinner on Thursday, March 29, for its contributions to sustainability. Others are State Senator Jerry Hill, Peninsula Clean Energy, Proterra, Joseph Fullerton of the San Mateo County Community College District...

The Young Architects Forum Connection

Check out the latest issue of  CONNECTION – SOUP TO NUTS!   This issue focuses on the various aspects of ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION.

Request for Qualifications— Santa Barbara City Police Station

The City of Santa Barbara is seeking Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) from interested professionals for services leading to construction of a new Police Station. The existing Santa Barbara City Police Station, located at 215 East Figueroa Street, was constructed in 1959. Check out the 4 page flyer for all the details. RFQ – City of SB – Police Station

Design Tech High School

The Green Building Award, sponsored by SSMC and the American Institute of Architects of SanMateo County, will be presented to Design Tech High School for its sustainable design targeted to achieve LEED Gold certification. D.tech high school was designed by DES Architects and Engineers, a chapter member firm of AIA San Mateo County.

Get Started With an AIA Architect


“Design and construction are inherently exciting. There are few things more satisfying than a successful project. The secret to success lies in the professional, business and personal relationships between owner and architect. You and Your Architect provides guidance on how to establish and benefit from those relationships.

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1. Getting started
2. Selecting your architect
3. The important choices
4. Services available from architects
5. Negotiating the agreement
6. Compensating your architect
7. Keeping the project on track

How Design Works For You

Prepare yourself for a rewarding experience with an AIA architect and get the tools you need to get through the five stages of design easily.

Go Green

Sustainable design makes a big difference. We’ll help you better understand the costs, show you great examples, and introduce you to AIA architects who walk the walk on sustainable design.

You and Your Architect

Hiring an AIA architect could be the best decision you’ll make for your residential or commercial design project. If you’ve never worked with an architect, though, you’re likely to have many questions. We’ll help you get through the design process.

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Questions to Ask Your Architect

1.  What are the challenges for the project?
2.  How will you approach the project?
3.  How will you establish priorities and make decisions?


Consumer’s Guide to Hiring an Architect

The California Architects Board (CAB) examines, licenses, and regulates more than 20,000 architects used by Californians.

This brochure provides information on the following:
1. What types of projects do and do not require a licensed architect,
2. How to find and select an architect,
3. What the written agreement between you and your architect should contain, and
4. Budgeting and construction for your project.

Click here to view:  Consumer’s Guide to Hiring an Architect (pdf)

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