American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter


AIA San Francisco offers a wide variety of year-round professional development opportunities to members. Stay abreast of practice trends, design innovations and building regulations with our continuing education offerings.

AIASF's programs range from workshops and seminars to panel discussions and the popular Procrastinators' Health, Saftey, and Welfare (HSW) Series. These programs are both a member benefit—offering invaluable Continuing Education System (CES) Learning Unit credits (LUs)—and a way of fostering community for all Bay Area design professionals.

Each month, members have many ways to meet their CES requirements. Our year-round Continuing Education Series (CES) draws upon the expertise of highly respected industry leaders for seminars focused on practice management, emerging technology, and design. Furthermore, our many committees regularly discuss topics ranging from small-firm management and major urban design projects to how to keep the design in public architecture.

View different education options below, or visit our calendar for a complete listing of architecture and design programs taking place this month at AIA San Francisco and around the city.


Architect Registration Examination

Learn more about ARE lessons at AIA San Francisco, as well as our ARE Pact program, which includes a peer study group assigned by AIASF, a team leader and mentor assigned to your group, free admission to monthly study sessions, and much more.


California Supplemental Exam Review

CSE preparation is now a two-part lecture series that will provide a detailed overview of all knowledge areas of the California Exam test plan, including different AIA contract documents, state and local codes and regulations and other areas of architectural practice.


Continuing Education

In addition to attending monthly AIA San Francisco programs and events, our CES page contains additional ways to maintain your yearly CES requirements.


Intern Development Program

Interns may earn IDP supplemental experience hours by completing approved AIA continuing education courses. Learn more about upcoming opportunities on AIASF's IDP page.


Mandatory Continuing Education

In September 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 1608 into law, creating a mandatory continuing education (MCE) requirement on disability access for California architects as a condition of license renewal.