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All About The American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects is a professional organization that advocates for architecture and focuses on the betterment of architects and their profession. The AIA is a positive force and a tremendous voice for architects and is a friend to architects across the world. They provide a wide array of resources and opportunities for an architect at all the stages of their career. Their core values aim to protect the health and safety of the American people while advancing quality of life. The AIA has been an immense driving force for architecture and has over 90,000 members worldwide. AIA headquarters lie in Washington, D.C. The organization over 200 employees. The current CEO is Robert Ivy. The highest honor in the AIA is the Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA). Robert Ivy and Thomas Vonier(AIA President) are both recipients of this award. There are chapters of the AIA in the U.S., Canada, Continental Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Middle East, China and the UK. The AIA was founded in 1857 by 13 architects for the purpose of promoting and elevating the profession of architecture. Their mission, “to promote the artistic, scientific, and practical profession of its members; to facilitate their intercourse and good fellowship; to elevate the standing of the profession; and to combine the efforts of those engaged in the practice of Architecture, for the general advancement of the Art.” The first AIA president was Richard Upjohn. The current President is Thomas Vonier and the Executive Vice President is Robert Ivy.

The AIA has an official magazine entitled with the name Architect aka The Journal of The American Institute of Architects. The magazine was founded in the early 1900’s. The Magazine focuses on architecture and features some architect’s projects in its magazine each month. Architect Magazine features the Progressive Architecture Awards annually, recognizing risk-taking practitioners and seek to promote progress in the field of architecture They also feature the R+D Awards and the Annual Design Review.

Joining the AIA yield many advantages. You become connected to a family of like-minded individuals, numbering over 90,000, who share your passion, love and drive for architecture. A result of speaking with unanimity, members of the organization contribute towards and influence government rules, regulations, policy, etc. that impacts the field of architecture. Their voice allows the AIA to participate in federal, state and local decision making. AIA members work to transform the field for its betterment. A great architect is always learning and the organization offers courses to fulfill those needs. To ensure that every architect becomes the greatest they can be, membership requires an annual amount of required courses be taken.

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