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A Brief Description Of The AIA (American Institute of Architects)

A Brief Description Of The AIA (American Institute of Architects)

This article will focus on the (AIA) or the American Institute of Architects. This organization’s headquarters are located in Washington D.C. It is an organization for professional architects in the United States. It was established in 1857 in New York City. The AIA is lead currently by Robert Ivy. Ivy is both Chief Executive Officer and EVP or Executive Vice President. There is also Thomas V. Voiner who is both AIA President and FAIA the Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

The (AIA) offers many different opportunities. These opportunities are community redevelopment, government advocacy, public outreach, as well as education. They are utilized to help the profession of architecture and make its public image as well. This organization works also with a construction team and other design members to help organize the building industry.

Now some general information on the startup of the AIA. When this organization was established it was led by a group of 13 architects. On February 23, 1857 sixteen architects along with the president to be Richard M. Upjohn would be part of this organization. One example was Thomas Y. Walter from Philadelphia. A few weeks later on March 10, a constitution had been drafted under the title New York Society of Architects. Walter decided to change it to American Institute of Architects instead. This new constitution became signed on the date April 15, 1857.


In the AIA, there have been over 90,000 associated professionals as well as licensed architects who serve as members. The members abide by professional conduct and a code of ethics. There are five levels of membership in the AIA. One of them is an Architect members which have a license to practice architecture by authority of license in the United States.

Second is Associate Members work under an architect’s supervision. They are not allowed to practice architecture. Third are International associate members who hold a license for architecture that are outside the United States. Fourth, Emeritus members are those who are members of the AIA for 15 years in succession. They also need to be more than 65 years of age and are either unable to work in the architecture profession disabled. Fifth and finally are Allied members they are those people whose professions have to do in a field such as engineering.

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