American Institute of Architects is an organization in the U.S that constitutes of architects. Founded in 1857, AIA has its headquarters in Washington, D.C. A total of 13 architects conceived the idea of forming AIA. The purpose of establishing this organization was to promote perfection among its members and to distinguish between people camouflaging as architects and the real architects. Richard Upjohn was the first sitting president of AIA. Later the group registered 16 more architects.
Designing an eye-catching building is not an easy task. It requires a certain level of skill that architects have been able to master. Before the formation of AIA, there were no schools to study architecture, and as a result, anyone without the skills could claim to be an architect. However, AIA was able to curb this vice.
American Institute of Architects has been growing over the course of time. Its current membership stands at 90,000 architects and counting. The organization’s current EVP/Chief Executive Officer is Robert Ivy. Thomas V. Vonier is the organization’s President. To be a member of AIA, you have to follow the laid out code of ethics. Members are also expected to maintain a certain level of professionalism.
AIA has categorized its membership into five levels which include:
• Emeritus members. This level of membership is for the aged architects who are of the age of 65 and above. The architect should also have served in AIA as a member for 15 consecutive years.
• Allied members. As the name suggests, allied members are members from different professions related to the architectural industry. Examples of this group of members are the engineers, planners and any other profession related to the building industry.
• International associate members. These members are not U.S based. However, they should have an architectural license in their country of residence.
• Associate members. These members are not architects, but they work under the guidance of an architect. They have an extensive knowledge of architecture. Interns can also fall under this group of members.
Contribution of AIA
AIA empowers architects and offers them a platform to work more efficiently. The organization is helping shape architects into people of integrity who uphold moral values. The members are required to produce only the best. AIA members who make contributions on a national level are awarded the most important honor in the field known as the Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA).