Indian Institute of Architects

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Indian Institute of Architects
The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), logo.jpg
Abbreviation IIA
Formation May 12, 1917; 101 years ago (1917-05-12)
Headquarters Mumbai
Website Official website

The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) is the national body of Architects in India with more than 20,000 members. It was established in 1917 with its headquarters in Mumbai. It is associated with the International Union of Architects (UIA) Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) and South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation of Architects (SAARCH).[1]

Its current President for the year 2015-2017 is, Ar.Divya Kush (Ar. Prakash Deshmukh is Imm Past President) and Vice President is Ar. Vilas Avachat.[2]


On May 12, 1917, George Wittet, by then Consulting Architect to the Government of Bombay, was unanimously elected as the first President of The Indian Institute of Architects, an association made of the past students of Architecture of Sir J.J. School of Art, then known as "The Architectural Students Association". On 3 August 1922, it was rechristened 'Bombay Architectural Association', which got associated with the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1925, and in 1926 became a National body under a new name, 'Indian Institute of Architects' on 2 September 1929, registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 as a voluntary organisation of Architects. The only other organisation at the national level is the Council of Architecture established under the Architects Act 1972 with the statutory duty of Registration.[3]

The Northern Chapter of the Institute was started in 1956. Today it has Chapters in numerous states and further centers in major cities, within those states [4]


The Institute conducts a professional examination in four parts. Students qualifying all the parts are awarded associate membership, which is a recognized qualification to work as an architect. It provides courses in architecture, town planning, and human settlement development.[5]



  1. ^ Indian Institute of Architects : IIA World Design Directory.
  2. ^ The Journal published by The Indian Institute of Architects, at Prospect Chambers Annexe.
  3. ^ About us - History
  4. ^ Chapters
  5. ^ "Education Plus Kerala". The Hindu. 2005-04-12. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 

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