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Join the Australian Institute of Architects

Being an Institute member offers you the chance to help shape the future of the architecture profession in Australia. You can choose your level of involvement – the more involved you are, the more rewarding your membership will be.

There are a range of options to suit all levels of experience and participation.

To review the benefits of each membership type, visit the Member benefits section.

To apply, you can fill in an online application or download an application form from the category of membership that applies to you below, or you can contact the National Membership team.

For a full price list, download the 2018 Membership Rates


Member level 1

I am a registered architect in Australia.*

Corporate membership now offers included access to Acumen, (the Institute's own practice advisory notes),  full voting rights with the ability to hold office at the State or National level and eligibility to enter the Institutes prestigious Awards programs.  Member level 1 members running their own architectural practice can also create a listing on Find An Architect website. 


 Members also receive Architecture Media's Architecture Australia publication, the local Chapter publication (where available) access to the Senior Counsellor service, along with an extensive calendar of local Chapter events, member discounts and more.

*architects registered overseas should enquire with the membership team as to their eligibility

If you are a registered architect running your own architectural practice you may be interested in the additional benefits that A+ membership provides. For more information go to the A+ Advantage web page or contact the Membership Team.

I am a graduate of a recognised architecture course in Australia.*

Graduate members receive access to Acumen, the Institute's online advisory notes; EDG (Environment Design Guide); HR+, a human resources online advisory service; membership of EmAGN, the Emerging Architects and Graduates Network; Architecture Australia magazine; member discounts and more.

*graduates with qualifications obtained outside Australia should enquire with the membership team as to their eligibility


I am a student of a recognised architecture course in Australia.

Student members receive membership of SONA, access to Acumen, EDG (Environment Design Guide), student mentoring programs, competitions, networking events Architecture Australia magazine, member discounts and more.

SONA (The Student Organised Network for Architecture) is now open for 2018 student member registrations.


Affiliate level 1

I have completed a recognised* architecture course and have at least 5 years of experience but am not yet registered.

Affiliate Level 1 is a corporate Institute membership which now includes access to Acumen, the Institute's own practice advisory notes together with voting rights, regular local & national e-news, networking opportunities, local Chapter events, member discounts, and more.

*those with qualifications obtained outside Australia should enquire with the membership team as to their eligibility


Affiliate level 2

I hold a formal qualification in an architecture related course (landscape architecture, engineering, planning, interior design, urban design or environmental design).

Affiliate Level 2 offers the opportunity of membership for those with built environment related qualifications. Members receive regular local and national e-news, Architecture Australia magazine, member discounts on CPD and events, and more.




I am an educator with a continuing 0.6 (or greater) time appointment on the staff of a recognised architecture course within Australia and am eligible for either Member Level 1 or Affiliate Level 1 membership.

Academic members receive regular local and national e-news, voting rights, Architecture Australia magazine, local Chapter events, member discounts and more


Special Circumstances

The Institute offers reduced fee rates for current members who are unable to participate fully in employment due to being on parental leave or who are enrolled in postgraduate studies. Special provisions are also in place for those experiencing financial hardship due to ill health or prolonged unemployment. To assist with the transition back to work these eligible members are now offered further discounts on national CPD services including Continuum, PALS and the National Seminar Series lectures. 

The Institute also offers discounted membership to corporate members who are retired from the workforce.

The Institute's International Chapter membership offers Australian and international architects the ability to become involved with the Institute and maintain their connection with the Australian architecture profession despite not working or living within Australia.


Overseas members receive dedicated international e-news, the opportunity to organise and attend international events with representation by the International Chapter Council, Architecture Australia magazine and more.

Overseas members receive a 50% discount on their membership fee. (not available for Students, Academic, Member Level 2 or Special Circumstances members)



Membership Terms and Conditions

1.0  General conditions of Membership
Institute members agree to be bound by the Constitution, the Institute's Code of Professional Conduct and every policy of the Board and National Council that applies to members including National Council's Employee and Member Behaviour Policy. Members acknowledge that complying with this policy is a condition of membership that if breached can have consequences for continued membership or readmission.

2.0  Term of Membership    
Individual Memberships of the Australian Institute of Architects are based on the calendar year.  The full annual fee is payable if joining between 1 Dec – 31 March.  Pro rata fees apply when joining outside this period. The ¾ rate is applicable when joining between 1 April – 30 June, the ½ rate between 1 July – 30 Sept and the ¼ rate between 1 Oct – 1 Dec.  Contact the membership team on 1800 770 617 or email membership@architecture.com.au to confirm the pro rata fee that applies.

3.0  Refunds

All member subscription payments are non-refundable subject to the below exceptions.

  • Upgrade of individual to A+ membership where there are overlapping membership payments. Note that where an individual member is allocated to an A+ practice, fees are deemed to be overlapping only after the A+ practice has paid the quarterly fee in respect of the specific eligible staff member. As A+ fees are paid in advance the overlap may not occur until the quarterly payment period after the staff member is added to the practice.
  • The member has successfully applied for a reduced subscription payment through a Special Circumstances application and has already paid the full annual membership fee
  • The member has been incorrectly charged
4.0 Payment failures
Where members have entered into an agreement to pay their annual membership fee by quarterly instalments, or have their membership renewed automatically, it is the responsibility of the member to ensure that their payment details are accurate and that there are sufficient funds in their accounts for the automatic processing of payments on the nominated dates.  Quarterly payments are processed in the first week of the months of January, April, July and October. Payment failures will result in an immediate withdrawal of services and deactivation of the membership until such time as a successful payment is processed.

5.0 Cancellation of membership

Individual memberships are based on the calendar year. Should members wish to cancel their membership this must be done in writing to membership@architecture.com.au  at least 14 days prior to the processing of the next scheduled quarterly payment or, if automatically renewing their membership, 14 days prior to the end of the calendar year.   Where membership has been held for a period of 12 months or less, resignation of membership must be accompanied by return of the membership certificate and membership card before cancellation of membership is approved.

6.0 Member benefit program

Note that in the event of a lapse or cancellation of membership the Institute reserves the right to notify any business alliances of the lapse or cancellation so that lapsed or cancelled members cannot continue to take advantage of the benefits offered by such alliances and reserved solely for Institute members.

7.0 Transfer to the retired list

On transfer to retired membership, the full membership rate stands for the remainder of the payment period in which the transfer has occurred.  The retired fee rate would then apply commencing on the date the next membership payment falls due. Refunds are only offered where the incorrect fee rate has been applied.

Automatic renewals

For your convenience, the Institute now offers automated membership renewals; this means you will no longer need to manually renew your membership each year. This is what you need to know:

  • You will receive a notification via your nominated email account one (1) week before each payment will be withdrawn from your nominated credit card.
  • If you have opted to make annual payments, your membership subscription fee will be debited from your nominated credit card in the first week of January each year.
  • If you have opted to make quarterly payments, your membership subscription fee will be debited from your account in the first week of each quarter (January, April, July and October).
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that there are sufficient funds available in your account to allow a payment to be made. You can update your credit card details at any time via your member portal.
  • All credit card details are stored securely and managed by third party Transaction Network Services(TNS), a trusted payment solutions provider.
  • You may stop or defer a payment, or terminate this agreement by giving us at least fourteen (14) days notification by Fax to: 03 8620 3864 (Attention: “Membership”) or Email to: membership@architecture.com.au

Direct debit now available

Renewing members can now choose to pay for their membership via direct debit. Renewing members can select the direct debit option when renewing their membership online at the end of the calendar year.

Apply for A+ membership

Congratulations on taking the first step to becoming an A+ practice.

If you have not yet done so, please visit the A+ page to check that you meet the eligibility requirements and to get a fee estimate for your practice.

New members, please complete a Member Level 1 application without making payment and contact our Membership team.

Current members, please login below using your employer ID and password. If you do not know your employer ID or need to create one, please contact the Membership Team to reset or create it for you.

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