Uniting Innovation and Tradition

For over 70 years, the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) has championed innovation, quality, and craftsmanship in architectural woodworking. Founded in Chicago in 1954, we've evolved from our modest roots to nationally set and maintain the industry standards for interior architectural woodworking.

Today, AWI stands at the forefront of the woodworking industry, offering unmatched education, networking, and compliance resources. Our dedication goes beyond setting standards, empowering member companies with tools to grow and innovate. Whether you're deeply immersed in or just brushing the surface of interior architectural woodworking, joining AWI opens doors to unparalleled opportunities.

Join AWI today and be a part of shaping the future of architectural woodworking.

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Our Mission
Strengthen our industry through excellence in standards, education, and member value.

Our Core Values

At AWI, our core values aren't just words on paper; they are the bedrock upon which our association stands. They guide our decisions, shape our initiatives, and reflect our commitment to our members and the larger architectural woodworking community.

These values are instrumental in driving our vision forward and ensuring that we remain the leading light in the industry. With every step we take, these principles guide us, reminding us of who we are and what we aim to achieve:



Upholding the highest standards of honesty and transparency in all our endeavors, ensuring trustworthiness in every facet of our organization.


Pioneering new horizons, championing fresh ideas and technologies that push the boundaries of what's possible in architectural woodworking.


Creating a culture of unity and partnership, where collective wisdom paves the way for shared victories and advancements.


Never settling for mediocrity, consistently seeking to raise the bar in craftsmanship, standards, and service.


Preserving the legacy and future of architectural woodworking, ensuring our craft thrives for generations to come.

We Are a Community

At the heart of AWI lies a vibrant and thriving community where deep-rooted relationships are forged. Through our networking events, online platforms, and collaborative sessions, members don't just connect professionally; they form enduring friendships and mentorships that transcend the confines of business. 
These relationships become the foundation for sharing knowledge, driving innovation, and nurturing the next generation of woodworking enthusiasts.

Empowering Tomorrow's Woodworking

While we honor and uphold the rich history of our craft, we energetically step into tomorrow's woodworking landscape. Our dedication to embracing digital innovations, expanding our scope, and refining our standards propels us forward, guiding the industry into new realms of excellence and potential.

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Ensure your firm stands at the forefront of the woodworking industry. Join a thriving community of professionals who share knowledge, collaborate on projects, and collectively advance the industry.
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