As with most great organizations, the American Institute of Architects started off as a simple association founded by 13 like-minded architects. It has since grown into a powerhouse that strives to change not only the profession of architecture but to make the lives of Americans better.
What the AIA Does
The American Institute of Architects brings together architects and architecture firms in the country and helps improve the profession through development opportunities, client-based resources, and helping young architects in their exams and finding work after graduation.
The organization is a unified voice for change in areas that deal in architecture, construction and design as well as the general population. The membership of over 90,000 people has strength in numbers. The AIA has helped in the conservation of infrastructure, the design of affordable housing for Americans and improving public design.
The organization also makes sure that the importance of architecture is well-understood by the public and encourages young individuals to take an interest in the profession.
The Leadership of the AIA
The AIA has been led by over 90 presidents since 1857 when it was started. The leadership lasts for 2 years. Robert Ivy is currently the Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice President, and a celebrated architect. He has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Architecture. He was named a Master Architect in 2010 for the critical role he played in speaking on the importance of design. There have only been 8 master architects since 1914, and he is the only one to receive it in the 21st Century showing how profound his contribution to the world of Architecture is.
Ivy’s other accolades include getting a Crain Award from the American Business Media, the highest recognition from them. He also received the McGraw Hill Management Excellence Award in 1998 and is the Design Future’s Council Senior Fellow.
Architects for the Good of Humanity
AIA is not only keen on the field of architecture but strives to promote the good of all Americans and humanity at large.
The Institution supports immigration and believes that people from around the world deserve a chance to live, work and study in America and advocates for respect of persons of all races and ethnicity.
In their professional lives, architects are encouraged to maintain an environment where people, animals, and other living things can thrive. They acknowledge their role in fighting climate change.
It is clear from its leadership and its stand on various issues such as immigration and climate change that the American Institute of Architects aims to improve the well-being of everyone in the world. This is something to be admired and emulated.