About Us


AIA Tennessee

Driving Positive Change through the Power of Design

The Mission of AIA Tennessee is to shape the professional environment in Tennessee so that architects, clients, the building industry and the public at large understand and appreciate the value we bring to the community.

  • To optimize information interchange
  • To focus member services
  • To strengthen AIA relationships

AIA Tennessee responds to the needs of its 1,000+ members through new programs, policies and people. Its strength comes from the active involvement of all its members, whether practicing in small, mid-sized or large offices; or working in a university, government or industry. The diversity of personalities and activities presents an opportunity for enriching experiences.

Our History

The American Institute of Architects/Tennessee Society (AIA/TN) was chartered in 1953, although the archives contain copies of newsletters written by Tennessee architects serving in World War II.

AIA Tennessee was founded to further the profession of architecture in Tennessee, with particular emphasis on educating the Tennessee General Assembly and other components of state government to the significant roles architects play in determining our state’s quality of life. Equally important, AIA/TN has been the advocate for technical and business concerns of practicing architects, with a goal of creating a sound and equitable environment in which to practice.

Through the years, AIA Tennessee has passed such legislation as the Architectural/Engineering Licensing Law with its many revisions, extending lien rights to architects and engineers, one of the best statutes of limitations in the country, and numerous laws updating and standardizing codes and policies related to the building industry. In any given two year legislative session, as many as 50 bills are introduced which would adversely affect the practice environment in Tennessee. The 104th General Assembly is underway, with more than 4,000 bills introduced. See Legistlative Action Update for additional information.

AIA Tennessee serves as a liaison to the Building Commission, State Licensing Board, Department of Health and Environment, Department of Insurance, Fire Marshal’s Office, State Architect’s Office, Tennessee Housing Development Agency and other related agencies. Its goal is to promote awareness of architecture and to represent its membership’s interests in building codes and construction related matters with these agencies.

To maintain an architects’ license in Tennessee, certain continuing education requirements must be met. Additional information can be found under Most Frequently Asked Questions about Continuing Education.

All continuing education requirements to maintain a license and AIA membership can be fulfilled during AIA Tennessee Annual Convention.

Tennessee Foundation for Architecture

AIA Tennessee created this separate, 501c(3) organization to provide scholarships and stipends to appropriate groups and individuals. Please visit http://www.tennesseearchitecturefoundation.org for more information.

Tennessee Architects’ Political Action Committee (TAPAC)

TAPAC gives Tennessee architects a voice in state government. The sole purpose of TAPAC is to raise and disburse funds to candidates for the General Assembly. If Tennessee architects expect to have a voice in the General Assembly about tax reform, liability issues, codes standardization and other crucial issues, they must support TAPAC. An annual membership fee of $50.00 gives you a voice in your professional future. (A separate web site for TAPAC is under construction).