Thank you for expressing an interest in AIBD. Please watch the video to
learn more about how you can become a part of our mission. The American Institute of Building Design is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to supporting and promoting residential design professionals. The AIBD is your voice - we understand what you do and what you care about. Join your fellow designers in the AIBD - share your experience, knowledge and expertise, gather new tools for success, and help promote and protect the profession we all love.
Categories of AIBD membership are listed below. Membership begins immediately and renews every twelve months. A member’s contribution varies from state to state. To investigate the dues in your state [click here].
Certified Professional Member - Requires a minimum of six-years of experience or a combination of experience and education, certification by the National Council of Building Designer Certification (see certification above) or the applicant must be a registered architect or engineer.
Professional Member – Standard level of membership for members who are building designers with a minimum of two-year of experience.
To download a Certified /Professional membership application [click here]
To apply online for Certified Professional membership [click here]
To apply online for Professional membership [click here]
Design Student Member – Is enrolled either full or part time, in architecture or engineering, architectural drafting or design technology in a university, college, community college, vocational school, career institution or high school.
To download a Design Student membership application [click here]
To apply online for Design Student membership [click here]
Educator Member – A professional educator or teacher who is not a practicing building designer.
To download an Educator membership application [click here]
To apply online for Educator membership [click here]
AssociateMember – Sell building products, offer building design support services such as landscape design, building official, contractor, etc. (Associate Members employed by a Corporate Member receive a discount of $95 to $160).
To download an Associate membership application [click here]
To apply online for Associate membership [click here]
Corporate Member – Corporate members also provide products or services but are regional or national in nature. Corporate members may have representatives in one or more states and should they choose to become involved as Associate members, their national dues contribution is waived.
Affiliate Member – Nonprofit professional or trade organizations whose interests in the profession of building design are related or similar to those of the AIBD.
To download Corporate/Affiliate membership application [click here]
To apply online for Corporate membership [click here]
To apply online for Affiliate membership [click here]
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Where do I send my application and plans?
A: Email or fax your application for immediate processing. Fax: 866-204-0293 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications may also be sent to a local Membership Representative or District Director. Please [click here] and choose the local representative nearest you.
Q: Once I join, how do I change my contact info and who has access to this information?
A: You may log into the Member Center (use the link above) to update your contact information. Only members are able to see your contact information. If you are a Certified Professional or Professional Member, certain contact details are listed on the AIBD website for consumers to locate you. In addition, AIBD Corporate members are given access to the national member roster. For a list of AIBD Corporate members [click here]
Q: How long does it take to process my application?
A: Online applications are processed the moment they are submitted. Online applications are processed the moment they are submitted. Applications sent by fax or email are processed within two working days. Applications sent to a local Membership Representative or District Director typically will take two weeks to process. However, this time from is dependent on the state and whether all documents have been submitted properly. It is possible for this process to vary from one week to four weeks.
Q: Can I pay for my membership using a credit card?
A: Yes. Online applications are charged immediately. The downloadable application provides a space to enter credit card information. Members may also call the AIBD National Office and provide credit card information over the phone.
Q: If I join, can I use the AIBD logo on my plans?
A: With a membership in AIBD you are able to use the AIBD Member Logo as it relates to your business. Only AIBD Certified Professional Members may use the acronym “AIBD” after their name. Download the AIBD Branding Guidelines at www.AIBDmember.org/brandingguidelines.pdf.
Q: What are the volunteer opportunities after I join?
A: Professionals who volunteer their time run our organization. You can serve in the local state society, start a state society, or join one of the many committees [click here]
Q: Can I lose my membership?
A: Yes, you can lose your membership for a number of reasons. Some of the main reasons are nonpayment of dues and not maintaining your continuing education credits (Only Certified Professional Members are required to report CE credits).
Q: What happens if I let my membership expire?
A: Members have until 60 days after their expiration to renew their membership. After 60 days, a member simply signs up again as a new member when they are ready. Additionally, whenever your membership expires, you are required to return your AIBD Membership Certificate (applies to all levels).
Q: What are the requirements after I become a member?
A: This will vary depending on your level of membership. All members are required to keep their membership dues current based on their renewal date and selected payment option. Certified Professional Members are required to maintain continuing education credits as well. It is also extremely important to keep your contact information updated.
Q: What opportunities are available to members and their companies?
A: Joining as a Professional will automatically put 60 years of experience beside your name. However, there are many more opportunities to be discovered. Including:
A listing, with a link to your website, on the AIBD national website’s “Find a Design Professional” search page.
A subscription to the AIBD Legislative Alert program.
Access to publications, service contract templates, copyright information, and more – many of which are free.
Networking with others who specialize in residential or light commercial design.
Discounts with Whirlpool, FedEx, HP, Green Builder College, VELUX, and more.
Access to national, regional and online educational sessions – many of which are free.
Q: Is there any way to get a discount on membership?
A: There are three ways to receive a membership discount. Existing Certified Professional and Professional members are awarded a $25 discount when their local society Professional membership grows by 25% or more. Periodic membership drives offer discount rewards for recruiting new members during the drive. In addition, Professional members who sponsor three new Professional members within one year are awarded a 100% discount on their next year national dues.