The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional organization that specializes in sharpening the skills of architects. It has its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The organization is based on dedication to seeing to it that architects are given best conditions to be what they are meant to be at their best. AIA was co-founded in 1857 by thirteen experts in the sector including Richard Morris Hunt, and Richard Upjohn. It presently operates with over 90,000 members on board.
Robert Ivy has been of great impact on the growth and development of AIA, thanks to his passion for seeing architects grow beyond their limits. He believes that architects are in a better position to bring change in several areas. With the AIA now at the receiving end of public attention, Robert Ivy is positive that United States’ Economic state would be at an advantage.
The American Institute of Architects offers its services in the form of government advocacy, education, public outreach for architecture support, and community redevelopment. The AIA closely works in association with other members in the design and construction domain to ensure that the industry is at par with the changing world. The American Institute of Architects, besides having Ivy as its CEO, is run by a Board of Directors under which a population of more than 200 full-time employees is answerable to.
The AIA functions at a national level despite the fact that its principal means of outreach is having local components addressing members up to the grass root level. Through the provision of special focus and limelight to the least class of individuals, all architects eventually get to boost their professional approaches. These local components surpass boundaries and are now spread all over the United States, Europe, Japan, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong.
Through the unity of all the architects, with one voice, they can command utmost respect from even the government which ought to amend practices that affect the quality of an ordinary American’s life and their profession at large. The organization watches legislative and regulatory actions closely, and through the power of togetherness, they are also featured in important decision making by the state, federal, and even local policymakers. The public has always been a priority for AIA, and by working with local governments, they have accelerated designs of public grounds thereby protecting the country’s infrastructure.
The American Institute of Architects has been an open door for its members to find life-changing opportunities, professional and design information services, contract documents, and client-based resources. With all these in place, it is therefore not a surprise that the AIA has received special recognition and taken home various coveted accolades. For instance, they are holders of the Architecture Firm Award and AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education.