History

For over 100 years AIA New Jersey has been serving New Jersey architects and the public. Its mission is to “serve the publics needs and build awareness of architects and the profession through education and advocacy”.

In 1896, the Society of New Jersey Architects was formed. A few years later in 1900 this society was disbanded when a chapter was granted to New Jersey by The American Institute of Architects (AIA). For many years during the beginning conducted business side by side, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and The New Jersey Society of Architects. The society and chapter merged in July, 1965, and the name was officially changed to the New Jersey Society of Architects of the American Institute of Architects.

 

Today AIA New Jersey continues to be a local chapter and region of the national AIA. In 2000 the AIA-NJ chapter celebrated its 100th anniversary. The chapter is divided into six local sections that help connect AIA with the nearly 2000 individual architects and are involved in the communities in a number of ways. The sections are Architects League of Northern NJ, Central, Jersey Shore, Newark & Suburban, South Jersey and West Jersey.

The AIA, headquartered in Washinton DC, is now a worldwide organization with chapters and regions in Europe, Asia and Australia. Members of AIA-NJ along with the other 70,000 licensed architects and associated professionals in 2006 celebrated AIA’s 150th anniversary.

If you are interested in learning more about AIA-NJ or becoming a member contact Kelly Biddle. Join today.

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As you can see, there is much work to be done and AIA/NJ, it’s AIA150 Committee, Section Champions and Task Force leaders, will all need help from its membership. AIA150, Celebrating the Past, Designing the Future, is a wonderful opportunity for architects to promote our profession, AIA and ourselves. We know the value we bring to our communities, and its time to let them know as well. I encourage you to get involved and participate in any way you can.