The American Institute of Architects was founded in 1857. It is a non-profit organization that helps current architects and future architects maintain the highest standard possible in the profession. The organization is headquartered in Washington D.C. The group also helps those in professions that are related to architecture as well.
As of now, there are more than ninety-thousand members of the AIA. The group was first called the New York Society of Architects. The name was changed in order to attract more members to the group without compromising the constitution the group lives by. As of 2008, the AIA has more than three hundred chapters dedicated to the work and influence of architects and the work they have been able to accomplish for the good of the group.
To become part of the American Institute of Architects a person must fit into one of these five categories. The first is called Architect Member. These are people who are officially licensed to practice architecture in the U.S. The second category is called Associate Members. These are people who aren’t licensed yet but are working toward the goal with the help of a professional architect. The third category is called International Associate Members. These are people who have the proper license and or the equivalent outside the United States of America. The fourth category of people is called Emeritus Members. These members have been a part of the group for fifteen years in a row or sixty-five years and older. This group also includes those who can no longer work in the profession as well. The final category is called the Allied Members. This is a group of people that includes many of the professions that are related to architecture. A couple of examples are engineers or planners.
One of the main people in charge of the American Institute of Architects is the current Executive Vice President and CEO Robert Ivy. He has fought hard to keep this profession alive and cut down on the amount of red tape in the group. He has been at the helm of the group since 2011 and wants to make the group a strong force in the new twenty-first century. He has been a key part of the effort for architects to be more socially responsible for the planet.
With such a mindset, the American Institute of Architects will maintain social responsibility and keep members happy.