It is a professional organization of architectures that was established in 1857, with headquarters in Washington, D.C, with a primary agenda to build individual architect members and boost the profession. Robert Ivy is the current Chief Executive Officer as well as executive vice president.
America Institute Of Architects drafted a constitution as soon as it was formed, then it was adjusted to suit the needs of its members to enhance the practical, scientific and artistic profession. With the amendments, the architects would work together as one team to raise the standard of their profession as well as its reputation. Architects from other cities joined America Institute of Architects, AIA, which led to the formation of more chapters and by the year 2008, it had more than 300 of them.
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The institute had its 150th anniversary in 2007. In honor of the anniversary, its headquarter design was named ‘American Centre for Architecture’ and is home to the institute’s students, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Robert Ivy continuously communicates the value of design and has been honored for the same. The members of the organization have a code of conduct, both ethics and professional, to assure the general public, its customers and colleagues of loyalty to the professionalism of the highest level.
AIA has almost 100,000 licensed architects and associates as its members. Under Robert Ivy’s leadership, the organization is determined to prove the impacts that buildings make in the environment, through the efforts of its members. There are five levels of membership.
Architect members are the ones who practice architect with a license authority approval in the USA.
Associate members practice architect under a professional architect, are studying architecture or are interns waiting to earn licensure.
International Associate Members are the architects with a license from a relevant authority outside the USA.
Allied members have professions related to architecture such as planners or engineers.
Emeritus members have been members for more than 15 years, are 65 years or and have been disabled to work in architecture.
Students in AIA do not have a category of membership. The CEO, Robert Ivy, leads the organization’s staff which is made of more than 200 full-time employees. He influences the architects to have a sustained effort to better their profession. The team is set to develop software that will enable engineers, architects, and designers to engage among themselves more conveniently as well as the members of the public.