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The Staying Power Of The American Institute Of Architects

The American Institute of Architects, (AIA) was founded in 1857 by 13 architects in the New York office of the architect, Richard Upjohn. The enduring objective was to create a forum where architects could articulate issues concerning the profession and their welfare. The AIA formulates and monitors the implementation of professional and ethical standards by architects.

Today, more than 90,000 architects are active members of the AIA. In addition to regulating the professional standards for architects, AIA engages other stakeholders to further the interests of the profession. These stakeholders include local authorities, the federal government, building designers, contractors and architectural colleges.

There are various categories of members to the AIA as follows: Architect member authorized to practice in the U.S, Associate member with an architectural degree or undergoing the apprenticeship. Others are the International associate members with an AIA equivalent license, Architect Emeritus who are retired and Allied members from related professions like engineering.

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The AIA has offices throughout the U.S and is managed by a board of directors. The current president is Thomas Vonier, FAIA while the Chief Executive Officer is Robert Ivy. The AIA rewards excellence in architecture through awards like AIA Gold Medal which recognizes architectural work with a profound influence on the profession. The other award is the Architecture Firm Award which rewards firms that have consistently produced outstanding architecture.

In his 2016 annual report, Robert Ivy, the chief executive of AIA highlighted the impact of climate change on communities. Towards this end, AIA has begun to work on a program to train architects on calamity mitigation and climate adaptation. Also, AIA recognizes the importance of developing future architects by organizing the annual student design competition. The values driving the vision of AIA include the commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Also, AIA believes that immigrants are vital to growth and innovation and that travel limitations are detrimental to the profession. Jointly with its members, AIA engages the federal government, state corporations, and local authorities. Also, the association do publish their own institute magazine.

Robert Ivy is the Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the AIA. He holds a Masters in Architecture degree from Tulane University, Louisiana. Previously, he worked as the principal partner at Ivy Architects and managing partner, Dean & Ivy. In 2009, Robert Ivy was conferred the Crain Award for his dedication and contribution to business media. Also, he received the Master Architect award from Alpha Rho Chi in 2010.