About Us

The Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO) is a member-based network that connects, supports and advocates for organizations and individuals around the world devoted to advancing the role of architecture, planning, and design in service to society. We are a global community that values and is uplifted by design and the built environment.

Founded in 2009, AAO currently serves nonprofit architectural organizations and interested individuals in 75 cities across the United States and 10 countries. Members include architecture centers, design professionals, architecture and design schools, educators, historic preservation trusts, design advocacy and urban planning organizations, and museums with architecture collections. Taken collectively, AAO Member organizations conduct public programs that reach an estimated annual audience of 4.5 million children and adult learners.


What We Do

Public Programs

AAO partners with its members to create unique, timely public programs tap our member network across dozens of US cities and 8 countries. It's free--and past programs are made readily accessible, too.

Design Matters Conference

The largest annual event examining the latest issues, trends, and educational programs for enhancing public dialogue about design, urbanism, and culture.

AAO Networks (knowledge communities)

Virtual communities for sharing ideas and resources that build the capacity of AAO Member organizations.


The most widely read publication investigating the programming efforts and impact of architectural organizations, sent monthly.

The Association of Architecture Organizations is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.