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The Australian Institute of Architects is the peak body for architecture in Australia. It gives voice to the profession through advocacy and engagement with the built environment, and supports architects in their professional practice. All current members (except students) are invited to renew their membership for 2017 by clicking the 'renew now' button below.
Acumen is now an included benefit for all Member Level 1, Affiliate Level 1, Graduate and Student members.
Renew your membership before 31st December 2016
to receive one complimentary
Continuum online CPD course of your choice. View course catalog here.
Renew or join as an Institute member for 2017 and receive 20% off the member price for PALS! This offer ends 23 December 2016.
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 page.
To apply, you can 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 2017 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, eligibility to enter the Awards program, create a listing on Find An Architect website, receive Architecture Australia publication, access to the Senior Counsellor service, local Chapter events, member discounts and more.
*architects registered overseas should enquire with the membership team as to their eligibility
Member level 2
I am a registered architect in Australia and an employee of an architectural practice.
A discounted membership fee is available to those employed by an architectural practice who want to stay in touch with the industry but do not intend to enter the Awards program, vote or use the post nominals. You still receive regular local and national e-news together with Architecture Australia magazine, access to local Chapter events, member discounts and more.
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.
Please note: Students are not required to renew their membership until March 2017
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
The Institute offers special provisions for current members who are unable to participate fully in employment due to being on parental leave or who are enrolled in Post Graduate Studies. Special provisions are also in place for those experiencing financial hardship due to ill health or prolonged unemployment.
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)
Renew your membership
Log in to the Institute's online membership renewal system. Please use your member number and password.
Membership Terms and Conditions
1.0 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 rates 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 your local Chapter on 1800 770 617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to confirm the pro-rata rate that applies to you.
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
3.0 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.
4.0 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 email@example.com 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.
5.0 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.
6.0 Transfer to the retired list
On transfer to retired membership, the full membership rate stands for the remainder of the quarter in which the transfer has occurred, and the retired rate would then apply commencing the next quarter. Any refund owing on annual fees paid will be calculated on this basis.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Note that all credit card payments will incur an additional merchant service fee of 1.5% for VISA and MasterCard and 3.0% for American Express.