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AIA Iowa is the go-to place for information on the profession of architecture, design, and related building industries. Visit this page for updated resources including articles to help you understand more about architecture and design.

Find an Iowa Expert

AIA Iowa Designation Glossary

Five (5) Steps for Selecting an Architect

How to Hire the Right Architect for Your ProjectCourtesy of AIA MN

Qualifications Based Selection Overview

Qualifications Based Selection Details

Selecting an Architect

The Truth about What Architects Do

Twenty (20) Questions to Ask Your Architect

You and Your Architect

What Architects Do: Video

  Hiring a Residential Architect-FAQ

Residential Architecture Terms

Six (6) Steps toward Building a Home

Twenty (20) Questions to Ask Yourself before Getting Started

Why You Should Hire a Residential Architect

An Architect’s Residential Services


Environmental Design Checklist for Building OwnersCourtesy of AIA MN

Good Design Is Good Business

Good Design Makes a Difference

How Design Works

The Architect

The Five Phases of Design

The Steps Involved in Design and Construction-What to Expect


Manual of Recommended Procedure for Competitive Bidding and Award of Building Contracts

Public Owners' Guide to Design & Construction

Legal Issues on Bidding & Construction Contracts

Understanding Project Delivery-Public Bidding,Courtesy of AIA MN
New Resource: Project Delivery and Collaboration: An Owner's Guide


Use a Good Contract

Standard Agreement Forms

Sample RFP


  Following are links to a variety of other useful resources and a variety of organizations supporting the construction/design industry:

The American Institute of Architects

AIA Trust

ACE Mentor Program

Iowa Architectural Examining Board

Iowa Architectural Foundation

Iowa Environmental Council

Iowa Requirements for License

Consultants and Products

National Architectural Accrediting Board

National Council of Architectural Registration Board

Preservation Iowa

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)



AIA Iowa Firm Members