Over 150 Years and Counting: The American Institute of Architects
Located in Washington, D.C., The American Institue of Architects (AIA) is an organization made up entirely of architects and those in that field of business. The AIA has a long, rich history since it began in 1857. There are now more than 90,000 members and 260 local chapters. There are five levels of membership in AIA. A board of directors oversees the major decisions within the organization and approximately 200 employees run the daily operations. Being a member of AIA is a prestigious position due to the high standards the organization has in place, especially in regard to ethics.
Continuing education and guidance for new graduates is an important part of AIA’s values. They will help architecture school graduates to become licensed and offer an online job board for those seeking employment. Existing architects can browse many continuing education courses so that they can stay on top of changes in laws and trends. AIA also offers annual scholarships to up-and-comers as another part of their commitment to seeing architects succeed at all levels.
The AIA president for 2017 is Thomas Vonier. Robert Ivy is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the organization. Ivy has been with AIA since 2011. He has worked to incorporate new technology into architecture and planning. He also encourages members to look into the environmental effect of their work and how sustainable it is long-term. For example, Ivy promised the Clinton Foundation in 2012 that AIA would work for the next decade to improve public health and the lives of many through community planning, digital programs, and grants.
With over 150 years of experience, the American Institute of Architects has been bringing together professionals to promote positive core values. As their numbers have expanded from their modest beginning of only 13 members, AIA has changed with the times making sure to stay relevant. Under the excellent leadership of Thomas Vonier and Robert Ivy, the organization continues to thrive and leave a positive impact on the world. From helping new graduates to assisting experience professionals, AIA offers industry-specific support for architects. The American Institute of Architects maintains high standards as well as many exciting projects to come.