American Institute of Architects: Cementing a Stronger Foundation
In 1857, 13 architects came together and invited 16 other prominent colleagues. This is how the inception of American Institute of Architects came about. The organization was formed to promote scientific and practical perfection while elevating the standing of the profession. Today, AIA has more than 90,000 members and is headquartered in Washington, DC. The organization employs more than 200 full-time employees. It is geared towards participation in an architecture-related federal decision that makes and encourages this professionalism. AIA provides professional development opportunities for its members. It is led by a board with Thomas Vonier as the President. He is the founder of the AIA European chapter. Robert Ivy is the CEO and executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects.
Fairness for Architects
On 15 April 1857, the founding members signed the newly incepted organization’s constitution. The by-laws are solid to date and are followed religiously by members. It affirms the organization’s stand on ethics and compliance with federal law. AIA fights for fair housing policies and civil rights protection as part of their quest to be fair to all regardless of race. Architects are encouraged to aim for the least possible carbon footprint and maximum energy efficiency in their designs. Between 2011 and 2014, the green construction business contributed $167 Billion of the nation’s GDP; AIA is clearly doing well in promoting environmental awareness.
In 2012, the organization pledged a 10-year commitment to solutions for public health, sustainability and natural disasters. AIA even developed grants for research into those national issues. Robert Ivy is an advocate for collaboration with other professions to find the said solutions. The kind-hearted authority guides the organization towards the company goals.
Pat on the Back
The American Institute of Architects recognizes its members for exemplary work as a way to motivate them and urge them to keep it up. The Fellow of the AIA is a prestigious designation that is currently held by around 2% of the members. There is also an AIA Gold medal for individuals who have had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Others are the Architecture Firm Award and AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence. Buildings that have stood the test of time get the Twenty Five Year Award. These coveted awards and others ensure that robust building codes are kept up and adhered to.