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The American Institute of Architects Sierra Valley (AIASV) is non-profit association, which is part of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a national organization based in Washington D.C. Within California, the AIA California Council (AIACC), the California component of the AIA, has 21 local chapters, which are set-up geographically to serve the local needs of Architects and the community, with over 9,000 members statewide. The AIASV has over 70 Architects, and associates (pre-licensed), as well as industry professionals serving the architectural community.
The AIASV has a long record of service within the local communities, and still continues to provide connection for Architects between statewide issues and national concerns for the AIA, which is constantly striving to improve the profession of Architecture. The AIASV includes the counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Inyo and serves the communities of Stockton, Lodi, Tracy, Manteca, Modesto, Turlock, and Sonora to name a few. The AIASV serves the needs of its members, within the structure of chapter bylaws and a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has nine members including a President (1 year term), Vice-president (1 year term), Secretary and Treasurer (2 year terms each), five directors, including an Associate Director, Affiliate Director and an AIA California Council Director. The Board has bi-monthly meeting and is open to all members.
The Board organizes many events throughout the year that allows architects to learn new products and techniques, network, and provide continuing education, a requirement for all membership of the AIA. These events occur bi-monthly right after the Board meeting the second Thursday of the month, starting in February. Other events held for the benefit of the membership include a golf tournament and every two years, an awards program.
By working with an architect that is a member of the AIA (denoted by the AIA after an architect’s name), you will be assured that they practice architecture under a required Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct that assures clients and the community, their dedication to high standards of professionalism. The organization requires architects to continue to learn within their profession, and many AIASV members serve the community as well by volunteering or holding public office.