Professional Organizations

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  • College Art Association Founded in 1911, the College Art Association promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skill in the teaching and practices of art. CAA includes among its 13,000 members artists, art historians, scholars, curators, collectors, educators, art publishers, and other visual arts professionals.

Architecture Organizations

  • American Institute of Architectural Students (AIS) The AIAS is an independent, non-profit and student-run organization that provides a sense of community and a forum to share differing views.
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) Since 1857, the AIA has represented the professional interests of America's architects. As AIA members, over 74,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners express their commitment to excellence in design and livability in our nation's buildings and communities.
  • American Planning Association Nonprofit public interest and research organization committed to urban, suburban, regional and rural planning. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, advance the art and science of planning and to foster the activity of planning, physical, economic, and social, at the local, regional, state, and national levels.
  • American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Founded in 1899, ASLA has grown to more than 16,200 members and 48 chapters, representing all 50 states, US territories, and 42 countries around the world. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship.
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education, ACSA now has over 250 schools in several membership categories. These include full membership for all accredited programs in the United States and government-sanctioned schools in Canada, candidate membership for schools seeking accreditation, and affiliate membership for schools for two-year and international programs. ACSA, provides a forum for ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought.
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) A consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning. The website includes announcements, conference information, information on awards & scholarships, plus a full-text online version of the Guide to Graduate and Undergraduate Education in Urban and Regional Planning (12th ed, 2006).
  • Construction Specifications Institute CSI is a national association of specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors, building materials suppliers and others involved in commercial and institutional building design and construction.
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) The sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in architecture.
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) NCARB members are the architectural registration boards of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories. The Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration, develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture, provides a process to member boards for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration, and represents the interests of member boards before public and private agencies.
  • National Organization of Minority Architects NOMA strives to cultivate a strong minority architect network and address discriminatory policies and practices within the field of architecture. NOMA has extensive project, job, and educational resource listings online, which can help students and professionals connect with the right organizations and individuals. The Job Center portion of the website is sorted by employer, category, position title, and post date. The Educational Resources section includes a listing of over 30 different organizations that contribute financial aid, publish academic articles, and provide professional development opportunities.
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation Founded in 1949, the National Trust is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America's communities.
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Promoting architecture and architects since being awarded its Royal Charter in 1837, RIBA now has 30,000 members.
  • Society of American Registered Architects Membership to SARA is open to students, international professionals, and associate architects. SARA has councils and chapters across six states, including California, New York, Minnesota, and Florida.
  • Society of Architectural Historians Founded in 1940, the SAH is an international not-for-profit membership organization that promotes the study and preservation of the built environment worldwide. The Society's 3,500 members include architectural historians, architects, preservationists, students, professionals in allied fields and the interested public.

Art and Art History Organizations

  • Association for Art History (formerly Association of Art Historians) British society that represents the interests of those involved in all aspects of the discipline, including art, design, visual culture, architecture, film, photography, conservation and museum studies.
  • Alliance of Artists' Communities Formed to contribute to America's cultural vitality by supporting diverse residency programs and advocating for creative environments that advance the endeavors of artists, the Alliance now has about 250 organizational and individual memberships.
  • College Art Association Founded in 1911, the College Art Association promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skill in the teaching and practices of art. CAA includes among its 13,000 members artists, art historians, scholars, curators, collectors, educators, art publishers, and other visual arts professionals.
  • Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art CIHA, intended to ensure links between art historians of all countries and to disseminate information and research on art history, hosts a quadrennial international congress.
  • Historians of Netherlandish Art An international organization founded in 1983 to foster communication and collaboration among historians of Northern European art from medieval to modern times. Its membership of 700 consists of scholars, teachers, museum professionals, art dealers, publishers, book dealers, and collectors throughout the world.
  • Society for Japanese Arts An international association that issues a newsletter, a quarterly magazine, and organizes activities and exhibitions related to Japanese arts. The website includes a forum, an index to the magazine, and links to relevant websites.

Art Education Organizations

  • NAEA: National Art Education Association Founded in 1947 and with current membership of over 22,000, NAEA is intended to promote art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership.

Design Organizations

  • American Art Pottery Association Intended to promote an interest, understanding, appreciation, and recognition of American Art Pottery, to unify and strengthen the voice of collectors and dealers of American Art Pottery, and to foster a members' Code of Ethics for buying, selling, exhibiting and publishing about American Art Pottery.
  • AIGA: American Institute of Graphic Arts Founded in 1914, AIGA now represents more than 16,000 designers through national activities and local programs developed by 55 chapters and more than 150 student groups. AIGA sets the national agenda for the role of design in its economic, social, political, cultural and creative contexts.
  • ATypI: Association Typographique Internationale With members from over 40 nations this organization serves as the global forum and focal point for the type community. Atypl promotes contemporary digital fonts, encourages outstanding typography and typographic design, campaigns for the protection of typeface designs, and more.
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
  • Friends of Terra Cotta A national, non-profit organization, founded to promote education and research in the preservation of architectural terra cotta and related ceramic materials. The organization seeks to educate the general public and construction industry professionals about architectural terra cotta's value and history as a building material.
  • Graphic Artists Guild The Graphic Artists Guild is a guild of graphic designers, illustrators, and photographers and is organized into seven chapters around the United States.
  • Guild of Metalsmiths Created in 1976, the Guild of Metalsmiths exists to educate its members, and the community at large, about metalworking in general and blacksmithing in particular. This includes all forms of metalsmithing from traditional blacksmithing to contemporary art forms.
  • SCBWI: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Formed in 1971, SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. There are currently more than 19,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regions, making it the largest children's writing organization in the world.
  • Society of Illustrators Founded in 1901, the Society promotes the art and appreciation of illustration, as well as its history and evolving nature, and encourages high ideals through exhibitions, lectures, education, and by fostering a sense of community and open discussion.
  • Type Director's Club The objectives of the TDC are: a) To raise the standards of typography and related fields of the graphic arts, and b) To provide inspiration, simulate research, further education, and disseminate information relating to the typographic arts.

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