American Institute of Architects is a premier company mainly known for licensed architects and professional design in the construction industry. The organization has been active since 1857. The main aim for its formation was to enhance continuation of construction profession. Its involvement in community development, education, and government advocacy has helped improve the architecture profession.
The AIA influences government policies and practices and also meets interests of the nation’s architects. It oversees legislative and regulatory actions to serve the public and improve the quality of American life. Also, it creates awareness of value and significance of good architectural design. The AIA online store has the best books on architecture and design which provide guidance and knowledge to architectural students. Most architects have benefited from countless web-based resources provided by the company.
So far, AIA has enrolled more than 90,000 members. The company has five categories of membership. This are;
Architect members who are licensed to practice their skills.
Associate members. This is individuals with a degree in architecture but is not licensed to practice architecture. Instead, they are supervised by profession.
Emeritus members who have worked for 15 consecutive years and are 65 years of age.
Allied members who are experienced in planning building and designs.
Competent leaders govern the organization. It is run by a board of directors who oversee the running of tasks. Moreover, AIA announced Robert Ivy as the CEO, an iconic recognized figure in the architectural profession. Robert holds various leadership positions in multiple organizations such as McGraw-Hill Construction, Ivy Architects, and Dean/Dale. Besides, he has received various awards including Crane Awards and American Business Media Top Award.
In addition to his achievements, it is no doubt that AIA will achieve enormous success under its CEO, Robert Ivy. His role in the company includes managing the national office, enhancing the organizational value of design to the public for the purpose if familiarising with the architectural profession.
Additional roles of AIA include hosting annual Architecture conferences, analyzing the economic issues that affect the architectural profession and providing solutions. Moreover, it serves as an advocate of architecture and design.