The role and historical background of American Institute of Architects

     Headquartered in Washington, D.C, United States, the American Institute of Architects is a professional organization for architects. It provides government advocacy, education, public outreach as well as community development projects to promote the architecture profession to improve its public image. Also, the organization partners with different members of the construction and design team to assist coordination processes in the building industry.

Presently, the AIA is under by Robert Ivy, FAIA as the Chief Executive Officer as well as Thomas V. Vonier who is the president.

Founded in 1857 by a group of 13 architects in New York City, The American Institute of Architects was meant to promote scientific and practical perfection among the members while elevating the professional standing. The group had a meeting on February 23, 1857, and invited other 19 renowned architects at the time to join them. Before they had established the AIA, anyone could claim to be an architect because there were no schools or architectural laws in the United States.

AIA architects have a significant influence on government practices that affect the practice of professional in addition to the American life quality through speaking with united voices. Among other issues, the AIA monitors the legislative actions and uses the collaborative power of the members to make decisions by state, federal and local policymakers.

They carry out community-based programs that aim at serving the public through working closely with local governments to improve the design of the public space, protection of the nation’s infrastructure, as well as developing of affordable housing to all Americans.

The Executive Vice President as well as Chief Executive officer of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy strengthens the association through public outreach programs, advocacy, in addition to education initiatives which assist members in serving communities and clients in a global era of change. The AIA is a dynamic network with more than 250 chapters and over 90,000 member architects committed to improving the built environment.

During Ivy’s leadership tenure that started in 2011, the AIA transformed the architecture profession in the 21st century. Robert is repositioning the organization to its responsive, influential and proactive legacy. The leading organization’s goal is the strengthening of public awareness of the value contained in all architects.

Various accomplishments by Robert Ivy include the streamlining of AIA governance to enhance decision making, creating a digital infrastructure technology and the launch of an award-winning public awareness initiative. He also leads AIA architects in addressing current pressing issues.

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