About SARA

Our Mission

The Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) is a vibrant professional organization of architects and industry related partners. Founded in 1956, we are a national organization with active councils and chapters throughout the country, as well as international members. SARA focuses on fellowship, friendship and mentorship.


To work together for the betterment of the architectural profession, sustainability of the environment, support of the public good and advancement of each other as “architect helping architect.”




We are a small, intimate group at various stages of our architectural training and careers. Every SARA member matters, each member’s voice is heard. Numerous events, programs and committees at national and local levels provide opportunities to get involved and interact with colleagues.




In keeping with the values of our founders, we believe in the collective enhancement of our organization and each other. Mentorship is an important SARA tradition and one of the many benefits of membership. Through student, emerging professional and peer mentorship programs, we actively encourage and benefit from the friendly counsel of each other.




As members of the profession and as citizens, we embrace our duty to contribute toward the peace, heath, culture and safety of society. Help us make a difference by getting involved in our community service projects.


Join SARA for the opportunity to learn, share and grow as an architect and a person.


About SARA's President 


 I'd like to introduce you to the Society of American Registered Architects, SARA is a national professional organization of architects. The mission of the organization, established by our founder in 1956, is “Architect Helping Architect,” and is embodied in the programs, awards, and scholarship opportunities available to students, aspiring architects and working professionals. As a member in the Society, we distinguish our role by ongoing engagement through mentoring, social interaction, educational venues, quarterly news magazines, annual tours and conferences.
Here is a summary of the benefits of SARA:
-       A one-on-one introduction with your appointed Board of Director Member-Ambassador to act as an ongoing liaison throughout the year.
-       Participation and attendance in all Chapter, Council and National programs and events, including our annual nationally recognized Design Awards program and celebration gala.
-       SARA’s Continuing Education Program at Council, Chapter and National level.
-       News, information, trade articles, design features in SARAScope, our quarterly digital magazine.
-        Access to our national database of member practitioners, allied professionals, students and consultants.
There are many more benefits with which you will want to familiarize yourself with and take advantage of. We are here to help you succeed, prosper and enjoy the socialization with our very loyal members, of all ages. Our website will keep you informed throughout the year.
We look forward to your participation and Welcome to the SARA Family!


Octavio A. Santurio, FARA

National President