Since the inception of the American Institute of Architects in 1857, the firm has continually elevated the architectural profession by promoting the practical and scientific excellence of its members. AIA is based in Washington, D.C. Before its formation, schools of architecture did not exist, and there were no licensing laws. Therefore, there wasn’t a way of distinguishing qualified architects from quacks.
Robert A. Ivy is the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. As soon as he assumed the management role, Robert initiated an investigation into the obligation of architects in the community and the future of architecture. In 2012, he dedicated the AIA to a 10-year program with the aim of making design the spearheading component of improving health through community planning, research grants, and digital applications.
Robert Ivy was once the editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction and the editor-in-chief at Architectural Record. He oversaw the release of 16 print and 17 digital publications. Robert boldly speaks for architecture on critical topics like the profession’s effect on climate and environment.
The AIA has more than 90,000 members comprising of licensed architects and associated professionals. All members must adhere to a code of ethics which aims to assure the public and colleagues of the highest standards in professional architectural practice.
The first level of membership is Architect members who are licensed to practice in the United States. Associate members are those who are not authorized but work under the supervision of an architect, have degrees in architecture, are members of an architectural faculty in a University, or are interns. International Associates are architects licensed outside the United States.
The fourth level of membership is known as Emeritus members. These are professions who have been members of the AIA for at least 15 successive years and are above 65 years old or are unable to practice architecture anymore. Finally, Allied members are people who work in fields related to building and design such as engineers, planners, research firms, landscape architects, etc.
The AIA architects check government regulations and legislative actions which affect the profession and the American lives. The members influence how the federal and local policymakers make decisions. The AIA has community-based programs which work closely with national legislators and local authorities to improve the design of public spaces, safeguard the country’s facilities, and erect decent, affordable houses for the citizens.
Members of the AIA enjoy development opportunities, professional and design information, contract documents, client-oriented services, and personal benefits.