Architects are the professionals who do all the design work during the construction of structures. American Institute of Architects is a non-governmental organization for architects in the United States. Its headquarters are located in the Washington D.C.The AIA provides education, community redevelopment, government advocacy and public outreach to support the architecture profession. The American Institute of Architects works together with other experts such as designers, technicians, and engineers in the building industry. The AIA was founded in New York City in 1857 by a group of 13 architects to advance scientific excellence.
AIA is not only concerned with unique designs of buildings but also design materials that promote safety, welfare, and health of the people. Architects support health by designing buildings with staircases which will encourage exercise. They can also design buildings which people living there can easily access fresh air, sunlight and clean water.
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AIA is governed by a board of directors and has over 200 employees who work full time. It also has 300 local and state components which are located in different parts such as Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Europe, United States and Japan. The organization has more than 90,000 licensed architects and associated professional are members.it has several levels of membership which include architect members, associate members, international associate, Emeritus and Allied members. AIA serves the public by having community-based programs that work with local government to improve the design of public spaces and provide well designed affordable housing for all Americans.AIA has also offered architecture students with many web-based resources to help them develop their skills and knowledge in architectural designs.
Robert Ivy, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, is a registered architect, a former magazine editor, and corporate executive. He was born in Columbus, Mississippi. Robert went to Sewanee University for his bachelor’s degree and later obtained his master’s degree in architecture from Tulane. Robert oversaw 33 publications in print and digital editions when he was the vice president and editorial director of Mc-Graw Hill Construction and Editor-in-chief of Architectural Record in 1996 to 2010.in 2009 Ivy was awarded G.D Crain Award for lifetime contribution to editorial excellence in business media. He was also named Mater Architect in 2010 for his prowess in communicating the value of design. Robert is also a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council. He is an architect who encourages other architects to think far beyond their field so they can have impact on many areas of the society.