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HEART of SMC | ADU Design Challenge

  Heart of San Mateo County, a public / private partnership that promotes affordable housing opportunities in San Mateo County, announces the GLADUR Design Challenge. The ADU Design Challenge encourages the expansion of San Mateo’s housing stock with great designs for Accessory Dwelling Units! The challenge calls for interdisciplinary teams of students and professionals...

2019 President's Message

  Welcome and Happy New Year to all AIA San Mateo County Members and Affiliates! Thank you for your membership and for your continuing support. Looking back on 2018, we hosted a total of 29 events ranging from hard hat construction tours and continuing education seminars, to fellowship meetings and the annual home tour....


The American Institute of Architects, California Council is raising money for the victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County, and the Woolsey Fire in Ventura County, California. While the fires fighters continue to gain containment for the Camp and Woolsey fires, the threat isn’t over. And we have heard from those wanting to...

Dec 17 | San Carlos RDRC Recruitment Application Deadline

The City of San Carlos has one vacancy on the Residential Design Review Committee (RDRC) and is looking for a professional architect or designer to fill this position.  This is a paid position based on hourly rates.  The City’s preference is to have up to three professional architects or designers on contract, who could...

Dec 7 | 2019 Green Building Award Application Deadline 12/16/18

2019 Green Building Award The deadline for application submittal for the Green Building Award has been extended to Sunday, midnight, December 16th, 2018.   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...

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...

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.

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“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

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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.

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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

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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.

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