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Nov 30 | 2019 Green Building Award Application Deadline

2019 Green Building Award  Sustainable San Mateo County and the American Institute of Architects San Mateo County Chapter (AIASMC)  are sponsoring the 17th Annual Green Building Award. 2019 Green Building Award Application (002) Applications must be received by Friday November 30, 2018 at 5 pm. For more information, visit Please email applications to

Dec 3-7 | NAPHN's Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant Training

NAPHN’s Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant course is the premier training program for Passive House building professionals with 5 days of in-class instruction 7 additional e-learning modules for participants to get a thorough grounding in the critical aspects of Passive House design and construction On successfully passing the exam, participants will receive a 5-year registration...

Nov 1 | Sustainable San Mateo County | Free | at the Oracle

What: Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) invites you to its Indicators Report Launch Event! – Local Climate Change Solutions: Managing Buildings, Land, and Transportation – Locals are making an impact on climate change through thoughtful design and management of the natural and built environment. Hear from experts on cutting-edge building management techniques (Oracle), forward...

Oct 24 | 2019 AIASMC Election Slate

Hello Everyone! The 2019 AIASMC Board Election Slate has been chosen. Join us October 24th at Piacere Restaurant in San Carlos | 6:30 PM to discuss and approve the 2019 Election Slate 2019 Board Slate-1 We’ll also be celebrating AIASMC’s 35th Anniversary! Join us for an evening of reminiscing and viewing photos on the...

Oct 25 | Nourishing Our Net Zero Future with Induction Cooking

The AIASF Committee on the Environment is planning a CES program in Burlingame on the evening of October 25 titled “Nourishing Our Net Zero Future with Induction Cooking”. AIA San Mateo County can use promo code 20181025 on checkout to register at the AIASF member rate.

35th Anniversary Request for Photos

Request for Photos If you have any photos of AIASMC Chapter members and events we’d like to see them!  We’re going to collect, compile, and share all the photos in a slide show presentation a little later in the year. So send your  photos to our President, Libby Raab- or  our Executive Director,...

Recent Events

Design Tech High School

The Green Building Award, sponsored by SSMC and the American Institute of Architects of San Mateo County, will be presented to Design Tech High School for its sustainable design targeted to achieve LEED Gold certification. 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.

Click here to view:  You and Your Architect (pdf)


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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