The American Institute of Architects (AIA) was founded in 1857; AIA Akron a chapter of the AIA began in 1968. The Akron chapter is one of seven chapter territories that make up AIA Ohio.

Through education, government advocacy, community redevelopment and public outreach activities, the AIA and its more 80,000 members work to achieve a more human built environment and a higher standard of professionalism for architects.

AIA Akron has a membership of 170, serving an 11-county area from Summit County to Belmont County along the Ohio River.