Washington, D.C. -- The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reached agreement today on a five-year integrated media partnership with Hanley Wood, LLC, publisher of EcoHome and ecohomemagazine.com, that according to the two groups increases the value of AIA’s membership, expands architects’ knowledge and expertise, and supports advances in architecture.

The wide-reaching agreement, effective Jan. 1, 2011, creates an integrated media offering to help the AIA achieve its goals in meeting the professional development and communication needs of its nearly 83,000 members. The agreement integrates and expands AIA leadership through Hanley Wood’s Architect, residential architect, Eco-Structure, and EcoHome magazines, Web sites, events, joint research initiatives, and support for nearly 300 AIA chapters.

AIA and Hanley Wood stated that the editorial independence and long-standing credibility of Hanley Wood publications will be central to the partnership’s success.

Hanley Wood is a leading business-to-business media company focused on the residential and commercial construction and design industries. Its diverse portfolio includes magazines, Web sites, e-newsletters, exhibitions, conferences, custom marketing, and data services. For more 150 years, AIA has represented the professional interests of American architects and worked to create sustainable buildings and cities.

“This is an innovative agreement that was drafted with AIA members foremost in our minds,” AIA President George H. Miller, FAIA, said in a statement. “Our partners at Hanley Wood bring fresh ideas and a collaborative approach to opportunities that can advance our mission.”

“We are elated to, once again, partner with the AIA,” Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton said in the statement. “Hanley Wood had its beginning as the first publishing partner for the AIA in 1976 and, working together, we now have opportunities to make the architectural profession more robust and relevant to the design and construction industry and the public.”

The agreement provides AIA members access to Hanley Wood’s vast editorial resources and will create additional opportunities for AIA members to secure coverage of their work. Under the agreement, AIA members will receive four Hanley Wood publications and Hanley Wood’s Architect becomes the organization’s official magazine. Architect will feature exclusive coverage of all AIA programs and initiatives, including the annual AIA conference, AIA Knowledge Communities, and state and local AIA chapter activities, as well as individual members.

Members also will receive digital editions of EcoHome, residential architect, and Eco-Structure and have full access to their Web sites. The magazines will provide AIA members with information to take their practices and careers to the next level, including news, case studies, and research on sustainable practices and products, according to the partners.

Other aspects of the agreement deal with the planning and operation of the annual AIA Convention and Design Exposition, formation of an editorial advisory committee, and member and market research, among other things.

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