AIA Golden Empire’s Mission

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has served as the leading voice for architecture professionals since its founding in 1857 and continues to be the most prominent membership organization for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners. With the national association based in Washington, DC, the AIA is also able to meet the needs of its members at the state and local level via nearly 300 chapters both domestically and abroad. The mission of AIA is to serve as a resource for its members, allied professionals, and the general public through advocacy, community, education, and outreach.

The AIA has Chapters in every State, and the California Golden Empire Chapter, founded in 1992, is a thriving and growing group of Architects, Associates, and Professional Affiliates. The Chapter meets for monthly networking and resource sharing meetings.

The AIA GE is located in Bakersfield the geographic and figurative heart of California.

There are many benefits to using an AIA Architect or affiliate.

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If you are a local business or professional, associated with the Architectural Industry and would like to network with our Chapter and bring your business into line with our many clients, click here to visit the Professional Affiliates section of our Become a Member page.

The American Institute of Architects California Golden Empire Chapter and its members are committed to full compliance with all laws and regulations, and to maintaining the highest ethical standards in the way we conduct our operations and activities. Our commitment includes strict compliance with federal and state antitrust laws, which are designed to protect this country’s free competitive economy.


AIA Golden Empire
1201 24th Street, Suite B110-164
Bakersfield, CA  93301


Manuel Maldonado, AIA, LEED AP
2019 President

Joseph E. Zasoski, AIA
2019 Vice President / President-Elect

Luke Casavant, AIA
2019-2020 Secretary

Joseph E. Clark, AIA
2018-2019 Treasurer

Daniel Cater, AIA, LEED BD+C
2018-2019 Director

Elizabeth Hernandez. AIA
2018-2019 Director

Jeanna DeFede, Assoc. AIA
2019-2020 Associate Director