IRWA Historical Background

The International Right of Way Association was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1934 as the Southern California Right of Way Agent's Association. On August 9, 1946, it was incorporated as the American Right of Way Association.

Since that time, the Association has expanded into an international professional organization dedicated to the advancement of right-of-way and land acquisition work as a fully recognized profession.

On March 15, 1980, the Articles of Incorporation were changed by a vote of the membership to reflect the new name--International Right of Way Association.

Because the Association has expanded into an international association, composed of approximately 80 Chapters, our members play a stronger and more significant role in the development of the economies of the United States and Canada.

The multitude of vital community, regional and national improvements such as highways, flood control projects, public utility construction, pipelines, railroads, and all other public and quasi-public development activities are dependent upon right of way professionals performing their roles in an effective and ethical manner.

As the Association expands, so also does its activities to serve all right-of-way professionals by offering education, professional development, networking and career building resources that are unique to the right of way profession.

IRWA membership benefits

The Association will continue to promote high ethical standards among its members as they render their services to their employees and the general public.

To accomplish this, IRWA members must predicate their professional actions upon the Code of Ethics of the International Right of Way Association.

IRWA Code of Ethics