AIA Knowledge Communities

21 ways to make an impact

Join an AIA Knowledge Community and connect with others who share your passions and commitment—and start a project that advances the profession and your work.

Sustainability, emerging technologies, small business, starting or managing a firm—no matter your interest, there is one or more of AIA's 21 Knowledge Communities for you.

They're your source for information

With webinars, workshops, white papers, newsletters, in-person events, and active discussion boards, you will find the information you need to stay on top of your interest areas.

They’re about connections

Share your reports, help students, develop grants, conduct courses and presentations, lead a forum, and more with more than 94,000 members from around the world.

Our Knowledge Communities

Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH)

AAH provides knowledge which supports the design of healthy environments by creating education and networking opportunities for members of—and those touched by—the healthcare architectural profession.

Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ)

Justice facilities present architects with unique challenges. AAJ connects members with professional organizations and outside experts in a continuing quest for quality, efficiency and justice.

Building Performance (BPKC)

The mission of the BPKC is to increase building performance related to occupant comfort and health; and to the function, durability, sustainability, and resilience of buildings.

Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE)

CAE convenes architects, designers and allied professionals for interdisciplinary work: How to design, build and use educational, cultural and recreational facilities to meet the needs of students of all ages.

Committee on Design (COD)

The COD promotes design excellence among members, the broader design community and the public.

Committee on the Environment (COTE®)

The Committee on the Environment (COTE®) is an AIA Knowledge Community working for architects, allied professionals, and the public to achieve climate action and climate justice through design.

Construction Contract Administration (CCA)

CCA helps members and the larger building professions navigate issues, actions and the impact of contract decisions. It produces case studies and best practices.

Corporate Architects and Facility Management (CAFM)

CAFM makes a positive impact on corporate architecture, covering topics including building science, energy retrofits, corporate architects and facility management.

Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN®)

CRAN is the leading resource and voice for architects who focus on collaborative design with homeowners. It provides support, advocacy and education for custom residential projects and professional development for its members.

Design for Aging (DFA)

With changing demographics worldwide and the importance of design for quality of life and mobility, DFA works to enhance the built environment and quality of life for an aging society.

Historic Resources Committee (HRC)

HRC works globally to identify, understand and preserve architectural heritage, sharing its expertise with architects and the public through newsletters, conferences and convention activities.

Housing and Community Development (HCD)

HCD tracks housing and community design and development issues in the US and worldwide. It provides knowledge-sharing, networking, and leadership opportunities to architecture professionals and industry stakeholders.

Interfaith Design (ID)

Interfaith Design brings together professionals interested in religious facilities in a broad array of traditions, encouraging and supporting excellence in the design of worship spaces.

Interior Architecture Knowledge Community (IAKC)

IAKC is committed to advancing the practice of interior architecture by providing its membership with resources to elevate their professional practice and design excellence.

Practice Management Knowledge Community (PMKC)

PMKC is an information center on the business of architecture—the trends in financial management, risk mitigation, professional development and more that will determine the future of the profession.

Project Delivery Knowledge Community (PD)

PD focuses on developing and sharing knowledge about all forms of project delivery, including design-build, public-private partnerships and delivery methods.

Public Architects Committee (PA)

What is the role of the public architect and how can it be enhanced? PA promotes excellence in public architecture and positions the architect as an essential element in civic engagement and development of public facilities.

Regional and Urban Design (RUDC)

Resilience, climate change and natural disasters are at the top of many municipalities’ watch list. RUDC helps architecture professionals keep pace with changing conditions and improve regional and urban environments through excellence in design, planning and public policy.

Retail and Entertainment (REKC)

REC brings together leaders, practitioners and clients in retail and entertainment as well as the architects and designers who specialize in this environment.

Small Project Design (SPD)

Small Project Design (SPD) Knowledge Community supports, celebrates, and promotes small projects by engaging designers and the public.

Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP)

As new technology emerges and becomes increasingly critical to practice, planning and building, TAP keeps members ahead, serving as a resource for the profession and the public in the use of technology in the practice of architecture.

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