Allied Members are not Architects, but are professionals in related fields, who collaborate with and support Architects in the creation of the built environment.


Emerging Professionals are generally considered to be intern architects aspiring towards licensure and those who have been licensed for 10 years or less.

AIA provides a number of resources for Emerging Professionals as well as the firms that support them:

  • Emerging Professional’s Companion{} – The Emerging Professional’s Companion is an online resource developed by the AIA and NCARB primarily for use by interns in gaining IDP credit. The Companion can also be used by educators, young architects, AIA components, and firm leaders in a variety of ways to provide professional development opportunities and to enhance or create new learning opportunities.
  • For Firms{} – The AIA provides tools, resources, and best practices to help firms, supervisors, mentors, and IDP Coordinators foster intern professional development on the path toward licensure.
  • IDP Firm Awards Program{} – Through this awards program, the AIA and NCARB recognize firms that actively embrace the Intern Development Program and demonstrate a commitment to interns by making the path to licensure an integral part of the firm’s culture.

Architect Registration Examination (ARE®)

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) {} to assess candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture.