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.” It is also known simply as the “Council” or “AIACC”. Today, the AIACC is composed of 22 local chapters.

Vision and Purpose
The AIA California Council’s purpose is to “give unified representation in all statewide matters affecting the architectural profession within the State of California.” Located in Sacramento close to the state Capitol, the AIACC’s primary mission is to advocate on behalf of architects and the architectural profession to the Legislature and state regulatory boards and agencies.

Three Levels of the AIA
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a three-tiered professional organization representing architects on the national, state and local level.

AIA National – Based in Washington, D.C., the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857.

With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society.

AIA California Council – the nation’s largest state architectural organization, representing more than 11,000 design professionals on issues of statewide importance to the public and profession. With headquarters in Sacramento, The AIACC is comprised 22 chapters. Among many of its programs, the AIACC represents the interests of architects before California’s Legislature and regulatory agencies, conducts conferences on architectural practice and design, publishes practice guides and the arcCA journal, and sponsors an annual design and achievement awards program.

Local AIA Components – AIA members, are assigned to one of the 22 chapters in California based on where they live or work. On the local level, volunteer committees and staff are actively involved with issues that affect the profession; e.g. architectural practice, environmental safeguards, affordable housing, urban design and development, public awareness and education.

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