Networking events

New connections, new opportunities

Take advantage of 40 networking opportunities designed to connect you to new experiences and people. Featured events are below; check the full schedule for more opportunities.


Alumni receptions

Dates and times vary

Every year, dozens of schools host alumni events at the Conference on Architecture. Check with your alma mater to find out more.


Sunset Social

April 26, 6–8pm | Program code: EV104

Start your conference experience at this event hosted by AIA’s Knowledge Communities. Enjoy festive cocktails, southern-inspired snacks, and live entertainment while you meet members who share your passions and interests.


First-Timer’s Welcome Reception

April 26, 6–8pm | Program code: EV103

Kick off your first conference experience with the right mix of food, drinks, and mingling with your peers at this popular event for first-time attendees.


New Members Reception

April 27, 2–4pm | Program code: EV207

Network with new AIA members at this high-energy reception for first-time members. It’s your introduction to maximizing your AIA membership.


Honors & Awards Celebration

April 27, 4:30–6:30pm | Program code: EV208

Celebrate the best buildings and spaces—and the people behind them—at this event that celebrates the 2017 AIA award winners and their inspirational work.


Emerging Professionals Party

April 27, 8–11pm | Program code: EV213

Open to all, this high-energy, fun event is the perfect networking opportunity for students, recent grads, newly licensed architects, and emerging professionals.


The Party!

April 28, 7–10pm | Program code: EV310

Join thousands of architects, designers, peers, and friends at The Party!—one of our hottest ticketed events. You’ll enjoy light appetizers, drinks, and dancing to the Memphis sound of Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts Band. One ticket is included with most registrations.


College of Fellows Investiture Ceremony

April 28, 4–6pm | Program code: EV308

Join us as we welcome the newest class of Fellows, AIA members selected by a peer jury for one of AIA’s highest membership honors. Reception follows.