Working With An Architect

If you've never worked with an architect before, you'll likely have questions. What is it like to work with an AIA architect, and how do you get the most out of the experience?

The American Institute of Architects advocates for the value of architecture and gives members the resources they need to do their best work. Our members’ work drives positive change through the power of design.

When you see the initials AIA after an architect’s name, it means that architect is licensed in one or more states and has joined a national organization of 91,000 members dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and competence. The AIA Code of Ethics guides members’ conduct in fulfilling those obligations.

Becoming a licensed architect requires education (a Bachelor or Master of Architecture); experience under a supervising architect for several years; and examination (a multi-part exam testing knowledge and skills). AIA members and all licensed architects must meet continuing education requirements in order to maintain their membership and their license.

AIA Chicago's "Working with an Architect" and "Ask an Architect" sessions are designed to bring together residential architects and homeowners to talk about choosing the right architect, zoning and building code regulations, making design decisions, and how to avoid costly surprises.

AIA Chicago offers English and Spanish language seminars to educate homeowners on the roles and responsibilities of owner, architect, and contractor. Residential architects will share tips for making the process run smoothly from budget planning to finished construction. Attendees will also learn more about what to look for in an architect’s portfolio and how to select the right professional for the job. Following the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to sit down face-to-face with a registered architect for a free fifteen-minute consultation. Bring plans, drawings, ideas, or any other pertinent information about your home project so the architects can assist you in the best possible way.

"Working with an Architect" and "Ask an Architect" sessions will take place during 2019.


Looking for more information?

AIA's TopicA - where the topic is always architecture

  • Design at Home
  • Design at Work
  • Design in Communities
  • Work with an Architect​

Download the AIA booklet, “You and Your Architect.”

Use the AIA Chicago Architect Finder to find and connect with an architect for your project. And visit the national AIA Firm Directory too.

Review projects designed by AIA Chicago members in our Design Excellence Awards and Small Project Awards competitions.