The AIA (American Institute of Architects) is an organization for professional architects in the U.S. The AIA has its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and it offers community redevelopment, government advocacy, education, as well as public outreach for supporting the profession of architecture and improving its public image. Also, the AIA works with other design members plus the construction team to help in coordinating the building industry. Currently, the AIA headed by Robert Ivy.
The AIA was founded in i857 in the NYC by a group of thirteen architects with the aim of promoting its members scientific as well as practical perfection and elevating the professional standing. The initial group included Joseph C Wells, Richard M. Upjohn, John Welch, Jacob Wrey Mould, Fred A. Petersen, Richard Morris Hunt, Edward Gardiner, Leopold Eidlitz, Henry Dudley, Henry W. Cleaveland, and Charles Babcock with Richard Upjohn working as the first president.
The group met on Feb. 23, 1857, and they decided on inviting 16 other architects who are prominent to join them, including Calvert Vaux, Thomas U. Walter, and Alexander Jackson Davis. Before their AIA establishment, anyone was capable of claiming they were an architect because they were no architectural licensing laws or schools of architecture in the U.S.
Under the New York Society of Architects name, the group drafted a constitution as well as bylaws by Mar. 10, 1857. Later, Walter of Philadelphia, suggested the group to change the name to AIA. On April 15, 1857, the members signed that new constitution, having filed the legal document called the certificate of incorporation the previous two days. The constitution was amended one year later. As of 2008, the AIA has over 300 chapters.
Over 90,000 licensed architects, as well as associated professionals’ members, are AIA members. All members of the AIA are adhering to a code of ethics plus professional conduct meant to ensure the public, clients, as well as colleagues of a dedicated architect of high standards in the professional practice.
About Robert Ivy
Ivy is the serves AIA as the CEO. Since assuming the responsibility of management, he initiated two investigations that were important to the architect’s role in the society and the architecture practice’s future. At the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting that took place in 2012, Ivy committed the American Institute of Architects to a decade-long effort of making design a catalyst to improve public health through community planning, digital programs, and research grants.
Expanding understanding and awareness of the essential role of architects, motivated Ivy to start a comprehensive effort of building a responsive as well as relevant twenty-first-century AIA that advances the position of bolsters and architects a national dialogue regarding plays in peoples’ everyday life. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/public/Robert-Ivy