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About AIA Philadelphia

Founded in 1869, AIA Philadelphia is among the oldest and most distinguished of AIA Chapters, with a long history of service to members and the public. AIA Philadelphia organizes architects in the region for the purpose of advancing their influence in shaping the built environment, and their ability to effectively practice architecture in an ever-changing society and competitive marketplace. The Chapter provides opportunities for professional development, service, and collegiality among peers. A Chapter of The American Institute of Architects, the association represents nearly 1,400 member architects within four southeastern Pennsylvania counties: Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery. Through its myriad programs and events, the Chapter attracts design professionals from Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. The Chapter also represents more than 300 member architecture firms and 250 affiliate companies supplying products and services to the industry. To read the Chapter's strategic plan, click here.

Key Activities

  • Active committees coordinate continuing education and activities across knowledge communities.
  • AIA Bookstore & Design Center
  • Award-winning communications program, including the website, Context publication, The Philadelphia Architect e-newsletter, and Directory of Member Firms and Architects.
  • Awards for Design Excellence competition and public exhibition
  • Special events, including the Louis I. Kahn Memorial Lecture
  • Design on the Delaware regional conference and trade show
  • Local and state legislative and government affairs 

Association Profile

Date Founded: 1869

Membership: 1,982 members (1,372 architects) 299 Member Architecture Firms 237 Member Affiliate Firms

Annual Operating Budget: $900,000

Member Profile: AIA Philadelphia represents AIA architect members.

Leadership: AIA Philadelphia is governed by Board of Directors elected by the membership. The Chapter's president is Robert Hsu, AIA. The Chapter has numerous standing committees that are established by the Board of Directors.

Member Services: AIA Bookstore & Design Center; Continuing Education and Design on the Delaware conference; Employment Services; Advocacy and Government Relations; Professional and Knowledge Communities; Publications and Communications; and Design Awards Program.

Chapter Organization Founded: The Community Design Collaborative, Charter High School for Architecture + Design (CHAD), Center for Architecture

AIA Philadelphia Building Finder

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AIA Philadelphia Partners

AIA Bookstore + Design Center... AIAbookstore.com

Center for Architecture... PhiladelphiaCFA.org

Design On The Delaware... DesignOnTheDelaware.com

Community Design Collaborative... cdesignc.org

CHAD ... chadphila.org

Resources / News / Events

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AIA Philadelphia Committees... learn more

Continuing Education Courses... learn more

Chapter News and Events... click here

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