AIA is an organization that is comprised of architects in the United States. With its headquarters in Washington DC, the main function of AIA is offering education, offering government advocacy, public outreach, and community development. All these activities are geared towards supporting the architecture profession while improving public image. AIA also works with other organization in the building industry in order to coordinate the industry.
The organization was started in 1857 by a group of 13 people who were architects. The purpose of starting the organization was promoting the scientific and practical improvement and perfection of the architect profession. Before the organization was formed, there were no modalities of identifying architects since there was no school for architecture. There was also no laws the in the United States that were used to govern the architecture profession. As such, anyone could claim that they were architects.
The organization is comprised of more than 90,000 architects who are licensed. The members also include other associated professionals. AIA is guided by a code of ethics and professional conduct. These rules are meant to assure customers, members of the public, and members of the organization of the highest standards of professionalism.
Membership is categorized into different levels in AIA. There are Architect members; they are architects that are licensed to practice architecture by the licensing authority. There are also Associate Members who are not licensed but work under a licensed professional. They include people that have earned their degrees in architecture or people who are interns who are seeking to earn the credits required in order to be licensed. There are also members who have international membership. They are international associate members who are licensed by other licensing authorities outside the United States.
Robert Ivy, the CEO of American Institute of Architects
Robert graduated from Tulane University with a Masters of Architecture having attained a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee. Robert became the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record in 1996. He helped grow the journal to become the world’s most read architectural journal. He has also worked with McGraw-Hill Construction Media, HQ Magazine, and Constructor among many other organizations.
Due to his record of great success, he has earned many honors. He has earned honors in the publishing industry. He also received an award while working at McGraw-Hill for management excellence in 1998. In 2010, he was voted Master Architect by the architecture fraternity.
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