In 1857, a group of skilled architects in New York City came together in a bid to form an organization that will boost the quality of architecture in New York city. And that was how the American Institute of Architects, or the AIA as it is popularly known, came into existence.
Making sure that they are doing all in their power to create a positive image for architecture, both as a course and as a profession. With its headquarters in Washington D.C., the institution has managed to abide by its initial goal.
These goals include boosting the quality of education, public outreach as well as government advocacy of architecture as a profession which is all important. The AIA also cohorts with related architectural organizations to ensure that to make sure that they are improving the overall superiority of the industry.
To maintain efficiency, the AIA has five levels of membership which includes the allied members, the architect members, the international associate members, the emeritus members and then the associate members. The architect members have been licensed to practice architecture by the licensing board in the USA.
The associate members aren’t licensed but are working under supervision. The allied member includes engineers, planners, landscape architects or executive staff who aren’t directly architects. Finally, there are the international associate members who are licensed architects but are operating outside of the United States of America.
As of today, AIA boasts of having well over 90,000 licensed architects and associate professionals registered under their banner. To date, AIA is under the stewardship of one Robert Ivy, who also happens to be a smart, registered architect with an impressive resume as well as experience.
Before Robert Ivy was promoted to being the CEO of AIA, he had to show incredibly amazing credentials. He attended the University of the south for his BA in English and then proceed to Tulane University for his Masters in architecture between the years 1973 and 1976.
He then proceeded to become an editor in chief/architectural record for McGraw-Hill Companies for almost one and a half decades. From the Vice President of McGraw-Hill, he moved to being the EVP/CEO of the AIA from February of 2011 to date. The American Institute of architects has managed to award a couple of accolades and honors to its members.
Some of the honors programs that they have to offer include AIA Gold Medal, AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education Institute Honors. The latter accolade is usually awarded to architects who participate in projects (either new or retrofitted) all over the world. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/AIANational/