The American Institute of Architects Orange County is our voice of the profession, dedicated to the advocacy of its members and inspiring the quality of the built environment.
AIA Orange County (AIAOC), a Chapter of The American Institute of Architects, was established in 1952 by 18 members. It is a tribute to the dynamic growth of this unique area that this chapter is now the third largest chapter in the state of California.
AIA Orange County is the recipient of the 2005 AIA/CES Providers Award for Excellence – AIA Chapter, recognizing the Chapter’s commitment to an overall system of quality continuing education programming.
Why an AIA Architect?
Like doctors and lawyers, architects are licensed professionals. The title “Architect” may be used only by an individual who possesses a state license to practice architecture. They are the only professionals in the construction industry who are ethically bound to represent you, the building owner.
Professional qualifications generally include:
College degree from an accredited school of architecture, requiring five or more years of professional studies
Three years of internship under the supervision of licensed architects
Passage of a rigorous five-day examination
Only those professionals who have fulfilled these requirements, or other requirements as stipulated by each individual state, may legally call themselves architects and practice architecture in the jurisdiction granting the license. Individuals may be registered, or licensed, in more than one state by means of reciprocal licensing agreements among the states.
Get the real thing-Look for “AIA”
Look for the AIA initials after the name of any architect you consider for your project. AIA architects remain current with professional standards through continuing education and subscribe to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assure clients, the public and colleagues of their dedication to high standards in professional practice.