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With mid-IR and near-IR long-baseline interferometers, we are now mapping the radial distribution of the dusty accreting material in AGNs at sub-pc scales. We currently focus on Type 1 AGNs, where the innermost region is unobscured and its intrinsic structure can be studied directly. As a first systematic study of Type 1s, we obtained mid-/near-IR data for small samples over ~3-4 orders of magnitudes in UV luminosity L of the central engine. Here we effectively trace the structure by observing dust grains that are radiatively heated by the central engine. Consistent with a naive expectation for such dust grains, the dust sublimation radius R_in is in fact empirically known to be scaling with L^1/2 from the near-IR reverberation measurements, and this is also supported by our near-IR interferometry. Utilizing this empirical relationship, we normalize the radial extent by R_in and eliminate the simple L^1/2 scaling for a direct comparison over the samples. We then find that, in the mid-IR, the overall size in units of R_in seems to become more compact in higher luminosity sources. More specifically, the mid-IR brightness distribution is rather well described by a power-law, and this power-law becomes steeper in higher luminosity objects. The near-IR flux does not seem to be a simple inward extrapolation of the mid-IR power-law component toward shorter wavelengths, but it rather comes from a little distinct brightness concentration at the inner rim region of the dust distribution. Its structure is not well constrained yet, but there is tentative evidence that this inner near-IR-emitting structure has a steeper radial distribution in jet-launching objects. All these should be scrutinized with further observations.