About the AIA Book Store & Design Center
The AIA Bookstore & Design Center
1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia
215.569.3188; Fax: 215.569.4952
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
12 to 5 p.m. Sundays
Please call for expanded holiday season hours
The AIA Bookstore & Design Center began as a resource and information center for members of the American Institute of Architects attending the 1976 AIA national convention in Philadelphia. Over the years, the store has evolved from merely a bookstore into the place in Philadelphia for unique gifts, as well as a resource center for architects and people who value quality design. The store offers a wide selection of books on architecture, interior design, renovation, preservation, and landscaping, as well technical and theory books for students and design professionals. The store also carries a broad and unique selection of quality-designed gifts, jewelry, stationery, children’s toys, lighting, housewares, and other unusual and interesting objects. The Bookstore’s Holiday Shop at the end of each year features Philadelphia’s best selection of holiday ornaments and other holiday items.
The American Institute of Architects publishes the industry-recognized standard documents for use in building projects. These documents are authoritative and time-tested consensus agreements. Use of the standard AIA documents provides building owners, architects, and contractors with a comprehensive and cohesive set of documents for a particular project. The AIA Bookstore carries the full range of AIA documents (see the Documents List in this Directory and on the Bookstore's Web site) which can also be ordered for delivery to your residence or place of business.
The Holiday Shop
Starting in November each year, The Holiday Shop offers the largest and most unique selection of holiday ornaments and cards in Philadelphia. Some of the most popular items include miniature architectural ornaments and a diverse selection of holiday cards and calendars. Holiday gift certificates from the AIA Bookstore are the perfect holiday gifts for friends, family and co-workers and can be ordered by phone or online.