American Institute of Architects Enhances Professionalism in the Building Industry
American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the United States has its head offices in Washington D.C. It is an expert organization for architects that supports architecture occupation and enhances their brand. The backing is done through public outreaches, training, government advocacy and public redevelopment. AIA collaborates with other associates in the plan and construction to manage the building industry.
Founded in 1857 in New York, AIA aim was to encourage the scientific and practical excellence of its members. Before the existence of this organization, anyone would pose as an architect, as there were no professional training institutions. Architectural certification regulations and licensing systems were also nonexistence in the United States.
The AIA members came up with New York Society regulations and constitution in 1857 March 10. Later it was amended in 1858 and name changed to American Institute of Architects. With an aim to support the creative, scientific, and applied profession of its affiliates, AIA facilitates their interaction and fellowship. It is an organization that enhances the professionalism of its members through the leadership of its CEO Robert Ivy.
American Institute of Architects has over 250 chapters and more than 90, 000 licensed members. These architects and associated experts observe a code of ethics and proficient conduct that guarantee professionalism to all its clients. Architectural practice requires dedicated individuals with exceptional standards of specialized training. The organization has five categories of membership determined by the level of training and licensing. Each level has its responsibilities and capabilities in the building industry.
Governed by Board of Directors, AIA has more than 200 full time dedicated and committed personnel. It is a national organization with 300 local components located across Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, and the United States. These regional mechanisms help members to focus and reflect on their professional life. Watch AIANational on youtube.
The American Institute of Architects executive vice president and chief executive officer Robert Ivy has transformed the organization since 2011. He plans to shift AIA to a more proactive, approachable, and influential institution. The goal is to make known to the public the importance and significance of the architects. Of priority would be the restructuring of the organizations’ governance to enhance policymaking and construct a hi-tech infrastructure. In addition, the CEO plans to allocate resources for the preparation of architects in addressing current issues. Designs should discuss public health, climate change and sustainability matters.
Before joining AIA, Robert Ivy served in McGraw-Hill Construction as the vice-president and editorial director. He was the chief editor of Architectural Record Magazine, and during this period, the company earned several publishing industry awards. Alpha Rho Chi, the state architecture network recognized him for successfully communicating the worth of design.