The American Institute of Architects (AIA) was formed in 1857 by a group of 13 architects. Its headquarters are in Washington D.C. The organization offers government advocacy, education, support to the architectures through public outreach and community development.
It also works with members in the construction and design industry to coordinate the building industry. It’s headed by Robert Ivy who is the chief executive officer.
Robert Ivy has a strong architectural background. To begin with, he served as the chief editor of the Architectural record in 1996. He made it to grow into the world’s most read architectural journal. He also became the president of the McGraw-Hill Construction media which includes SNAP, Architectural Record: China, ENR, Sweets, and the Constructor. From 1981-1996, Robert Ivy was the principal at the Dean/Dale.
The organization has over 90,000 licensed architects together with other associated professionals. The AIA has five membership levels which consist of:
Architect member: They are licensed by the licensing authority to practice architecture.
Associate members: These aren’t licensed to practice architecture, but they work under the supervision of an architect in a technical capacity or professional position.
International Associate members: They hold an architectural license or an equivalent from licensing authorities outside the US.
Emeritus members: Consists of individuals who have been AIA members for at least 15 years, they’re at least 65 years of age, or they’re incapacitated hence unable to work in the profession of architecture.
Allied members: It consists of members whose occupations relate to the design and building community such as landscape architects, engineers and the executive staff from the Building and design-related companies. This membership is a partnership between the American Architectural Foundation together with the AIA.
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The AIA’s management consists of a board of directors together with over 200 full-time employees. As a national organization, it has 300 state and local components that provide members with focus reflecting their professional lives.
The organization creates awareness about the importance of good design and the value of architecture. When marking the 150th anniversary of the AIA, the firm conducted a poll where the Americans were to name give their favorite 150 architectural designs. The AIA also encourages the community and mayors to embrace environmentally friendly building designs.
Honors and Awards
The AIA for long has recognized the outstanding achievements of individuals and also organizations in support of the AIA and the architecture profession. The foundation’s awards include; Architecture Firm Award, AIA Gold Medal, Institute Honor Awards for Architecture, Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban design and Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture.
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