AIA Middle East

AIA Middle East (AIA ME), a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, was established in 2010 to serve the professional interests of the growing number of AIA member architects practicing in the Middle East and North African region (MENA).  When it was formed it was the fifth international chapter of the AIA, and it just this short period of time has grown to become the largest international chapter, with over 400 members.

The domain of this Chapter includes the following (16) countries in the MENA region: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

The administrative headquarters of the chapter are in the UAE capital city, Abu Dhabi, with regional representatives in the member countries.


Each year the AIA Middle East chapter:

  • Sponsors continuing education lectures and talks throughout the region to help architects maintain their licensure
  • Sets the industry standard in contract documents with more than 100 forms and contracts used in the design and construction industry
  • Conducts market research and provides analysis of the economic factors that affect the business of architecture
  • Serves as an advocate of the architecture profession
  • Promotes design excellence and outstanding professional achievement through an awards program
  • Hosts the annual AIA Middle East Year End Conference in a different member country each year.  The conference is open to all industry professionals.