The American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architectural profession in the US and the resource for its members in service to society.  Through a culture of innovation, AIA empowers its members and inspires creation of a better built environment.

The very first mission statement of AIA, dating from 1857, states the goal to "promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members" and "elevate the standing of the profession."  In 1858 the constitution was amended, enlarging the mission "to promote the artistic, scientific, and practical profession of its members;  to facilitate their intercourse and good fellowship;  to elevate the standing of the profession; and to combine the efforts of those engaged in the practice of Architecture, for the general advancement of the Art."  While these precepts continue to be refined through the years, the basic objectives of the AIA as a professional organization have remained the same. They continue to guide AIA Middle East’s activities.

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AIA Middle East Mission Statement


AIA ME was established to extend the services of the AIA to its members practicing in the MENA region, and uphold a high standard of design, education and professional practice among its members. Equally as important, AIA ME will help foster stronger ties between AIA, regional architects and governments in the MENA region.  It will provide a conduit for communication and support from AIA, American associates, and fellow overseas members, as well as offer a means for local recognition of credentials and professional experience.

The Chapter will organize US trained architects and other interested design professionals who are active in the Middle East, and who have professional ties to the United States. The Chapter seeks to foster an understanding of the differences in professional practices between the US and the Middle East; promote US training and design approaches; facilitate international recognition of US professional architectural credentials; and foster communications between AIA and its members who work and reside in the Middle East.