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Jul 1 Deadline | PSr1 Design Build Competition

PSr1 Design Build Competition SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED to July 1st 2019 3 Finalists will be selected to build and install their “seating & shade parklets”  August 17th 2019 in...

June 20 | Hearing on The Housing Preservation & Expansion Reform Act

PUBLIC POLICY ALERT  The Housing Preservation and Expansion Reform Act AIASF’s Public Policy + Advocacy Committee has reviewed the legislation proposed by Supervisor Peskin to address real problems with...

A'19 Election Results/ AIA 162nd Annual Meeting

AIA’s 162nd Annual Meeting Delegates voted to champion major action in the fight against climate change and support greater financial flexibility for AIA. Architects from around the world gathered...

June 27+28 NEXT/GEN Conference

NEXT/GEN Conference June 27-28 AIA San Francisco Day 1: Thursday, June 27, 2019    Golden Gate Club@The Presido    135 Fisher Loop Day 2: Friday June 28,2019    AIA...

May 29 | AIASMC Scholarships 2019

AIASMC Scholarships 2019 The AIASMC is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Academic Scholarship Awards Program. The awards program is intended to encourage and assist students graduating...

Passive House California: Bay Area Workshops

Passive House California is sponsoring two events in the bay area on Ventilation in High Performance Commercial Buildings. The first is the Member Meeting/Presentation on the evening of June...

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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Find an Architect

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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