The Foundation and Glory of the American Institute of Architects

Nothing is more demoralized that being in a profession that is belittle or not well align to deserve a caliber ranking. This is how the architectural profession was in the 19th Century and there before. However, a group of 13 architects saw the need to make the profession have value or at least be recognized in the United States. Their primary objective was to make architecture an artistic, scientific and practical profession in cognition within the United States laws.

In 1875, their idea materialized after they were given the certificate of incorporation and the architectural licensing laws approved by the state. It therefore made an in-house constitution with well-spelled out by laws to govern the organization and guarantee it continuity. This organization became known as New York Society of Architects which is the current American Institute of Architects. It is based in Washington DC, United States and has successful pulled legendary architects among them the late Alexander Jackson Davis and Late Thomas U. Walter. Apparently, the American Institute of Architects has over 300 chapters and a heavy presence in the United States and beyond.

American Institute of Architects is in five levels. Architect membership is for those licensed in the United States, Associate membership is for those qualified but not licensed and therefore practicing technically under supervision. International associate membership is for those licensed but not in the US while Emeritus is for those with over 15 years experience and 65 years of age. Finally Allied membership is for other professions affiliated with architecture such as landscapers, engineers among others.

This nonprofit making organization currently creates awareness on the value of the architect’s profession and relevance of design and construction. Through this it has shaped the industry into what it is today by developing a sustainable operating strategy. Robert Ivy is the American Institute of Architects’ Chief Executive Officer who under his reign the organization have scooped for prestigious honorary awards and recognition including being featured in mainstream media.

About Robert Ivy

He is the Vice President and CEO of American Institute of Architects, a network of over 90,000 architects and related professionals. Robert Ivy has visibly transformed the Architecture profession since he was appointed in executive leadership in 2011. He has led AIA in responding to issues of climate change, impact of design on public health and sustainability. Elsewhere, he has served the McGraw Hill Construction as an editor and Vice President. Individually he has honorary award from Alpha Rho Chi and National Magazine for architectural journalism. Check more on Worldwide Prayer Chain at http://www.aiainternational.org/

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