The American Institute of Architects, (AIA), the leading specialized membership group for licensed architects, up-and-coming experts and partners, continues to advance design excellence as it advocates for architects.
The AIA, which was launched in 1857 by 13 architects, initially intended to advance the standing of its line of work. Today with its nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA makes tools and strategies available to the architects to lend them a hand with their careers. In addition, the AIA works to collaborate with the building industry.
The AIA, whose more than 90,000 licensed architect members and associates follow a strong code of ethics, carry out its goals through support, facts and figures and community. The group also establishes the benchmarks for the industry regarding contract documents and provides Web-based resources.
Under Robert Ivy’s leadership as chief executive officer and executive vice president of AIA, the AIA has been working on operating within the architecture business in the 21 century.
Among his objectives are making the public more attentive to the significance and usefulness of architects. Work is ongoing to enhance decision making, develop a new digital framework and further advance public recognition.
The AIA is also tackling issues that involve changes in temperature, how design will influence public health and sustainability.
Before coming on board at AIA, Ivy held the position of vice president and editorial director at McGraw-Hill Construction and Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record magazine.
Ivy received the Crain Award, the McGraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence and was named Master Architect by the national architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi.
Architects may sign on to any of the five levels of membership accessible through the AIA. For example, architect members are those who are licensed to practice architecture by a US licensing authority while associate memberships are available for those with a professional degree in architecture, who work under an architect’s direction or who are in a university program in architecture as a faculty member.
Additional levels of membership take in allied members, which may include engineers, landscape architects, artists and others associated with architecture and international associate members who are those with an architecture license from a non-US licensing agency.
Another membership level is available for new graduates or those who have graduated between 2017 and 2018 with a degree in architecture from an accredited school. The graduates may be qualified to receive a free membership up to 18 months. Learn more:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/robert-ivy-faia