Message from the Executive Vice President

Core Values

At AIA California, we believe in the value of the architect’s skillset to achieve sustainable, smart, and resilient design solutions for the built environment. With more than 11,000 members, AIA California is the largest state component of the AIA and is uniquely positioned to impact the design and construction industry as the voice of the architectural profession in California.

In support of the profession and our members throughout the state, AIA California is proud to:

          • Advocate for the Architectural profession in the Capitol by representing its members before the State Legislature, regulatory agencies, boards and commissions.
          • Communicate with members to share the latest news and opportunities that impact the profession.
          • Support our local components to provide its members with resources and connections to succeed in their practices and firms.
          • Listen to our members to know how to best promote the value of design when it comes to the built environment.

Nicki Dennis Stephens, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President


The American Institute of Architects California (AIA CA) is the voice of the architectural profession in California, dedicated to supporting architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality of work environments. AIA California is an association of individuals in California, with more than 11,000 members comprised of licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners in design. All share their commitment to excellence and livability in California’s buildings and communities.


In 1944, at the request of California’s existing AIA chapters, the “California Council, The American Institute of Architects” was chartered as a state organization by the AIA. In 1950, CCAIA was incorporated as a non-profit California corporation. In 1992, the name of the organization was changed to “The American Institute of Architects, California Council.” In 2019, the organization’s name evolved once again to “The American Institute of Architects California” or “AIA CA.” Today, AIA California is composed of 21 local chapters.


To harness the transformative power of architecture and design to address the greatest economic, environmental and social challenges of our time.


AIA California is dedicated to serving its members, and uniting all architecture professionals in the design of a more just, equitable and resilient future through advocacy, education and political action.

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