The History And Mission Of The American Institute Of Architects
The American Institute of Architects, also known as AIA, was created in 1857. During that year, a group of 13 architects met in New York City to create what they called the New York Society of Architects.
It was later renamed as the American Institute of Architects. The purpose of this new organization was to promote science and learning in architecture and improve the work done by architects. It also had a goal of elevating architecture as a viable and respectful profession.
Today, The American Institute of Architects is headquartered in Washington D.C. on 1735 New York Avenue, NW. Its membership includes over 90,000 members in over 260 chapters. It is a nongovernmental organization. Some of the key values that the AIA pursues today is sustainability and fighting climate change through green and smart designs in building.
Why Architects Must Plan Ahead For Global Warming And Sea Level Rise
John Englander recently wrote a piece for the American Institute of Architects on the importance of sea level increases and the impacts it will have on architecture and building. The following is a summary of the important points that Mr. Englander highlighted in his article that was featured on architectmagazine.com. He is a scientist who studies the oceans and is an expert on sea level increases and their impact.
One of the key points that John Englander makes in his article is that buildings will not only be affected by sea level rise in the future but by land sinking or rising. He explains that land may sink or get lower over time. Combined with rising sea levels, this means that the water in some coastal areas may rise even more than projected. This is because when water rises and land sinks the net effect is an even bigger flooding of that coastal land.
In other places, John Englander states that land may be rising. This can offset the rising sea levels that are occurring due to global warming. Since rising sea levels are a reality in the future, architects must plan for this when they construct buildings in coastal areas. It is not enough to simply plan ahead for a few years’ time now. Architects must now consider what will happen 20 or 30 years from now. This way, buildings will be safe and structurally sound despite rising sea levels and increasing temperatures around the world.
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