The American Institute of Architects, known also as the AIA, is a professional United States organization for architects. The institute gives opportunities for education, influences government advocacy and development of infrastructure, and reaches to the public in order to promote the image of architecture. The building industry designers and constructors are supported by the AIA as well.
In 1857, in New York City 13 architects started the idea for building the American Institute of Architects. With 16 other architects, the first established what was the first school of architecture in the United States. It is an organization which was set up to promote the career of its members, to create a network of fellow architects, and to progress the common advancement of architectural art.
Today the AIA is headquartered on New York Avenue, Washington D.C. The building was designed by two architects in 1970 and completed in 1973. The American Institute of Architecture Students, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the National Architectural Accrediting Board are also currently quartered in the same building.https://www.youtube.com/user/AIANational
The current CEO of the AIA is Robert Ivy. He has a rich experience in architecture, being an editor of Architectural Record, which under him became the world’s most popular architectural journal. He has also worked as a Vice President and Editorial Director of various other magazines for architecture and design. He has a Masters Degree in Architecture from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee. For his editorial leadership, he holds an American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence, an Architectural Record, Folio Design Awards, and an MPA Digital Award for Website of the Year.
The American Institue of Architects has more than 90,000 architects under its wing. All its members follow a professional ethic conduct for the highest standard of work. Using the common voice of architecture, the AIA influences governments in matters directly connected to the life of citizens. It uses the collective power of its many members to influence government decisions regarding infrastructure on a local, state and federal level. It constantly works to upgrade the design of communities, maintain public facilities, and create good and affordable homes for all Americans. The AIA aims to raise an awareness of the importance of architecture and design in the everyday lives of American citizens and communities