American Institute of Architects Contribution to Architecture Industry
The America Institutes of Architects (AIA) is a leading professional organization in the United States founded in New York in 1857 and involves architects. It has its’ headquarters in Washington D.C. It specializes in Architects and architecture, architecture related conferences and events, continuing education, contract documents and non-profit membership association. This organization helps improve the image of the architecture profession by offering training, community redevelopment, government advocacy and public outreach. It also merges with the construction industry to help harmonize the building industry.
The AIA is a structured company with a board of directors who governs it and also has full-time employees. There are five different memberships in AIA including the Architect members, Associate members, international associate members, emeritus members and allied members and the membership depends on the architecture. It also has a membership category for students who would want to join which is known as the American Institute of architecture students. AIA’s most recognized honor is the Fellow of the American Institute of architects who have nationally contributed to the profession.
Though it may sound to operate mainly at the national level, it also provides local focus to members. It serves its members through advocacy, information, and community.
AIA recognizes outstanding achievements, be it an individual or an organization. Some of the honorary programs include AIA gold medal, Architecture Firm Award, AIA Topa Medallion for excellence in architectural education among others.
Robert Ivy is a renowned architect born in Columbus Mississippi. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Sewanee University and a master’s degree from Tulane University. Ivy also has a graduated cum laude from the Southern University with a Bachelor’s degree in arts. He is a member of the international circle of the architecture critics. Being the Chief executive officer and his involvement in the company, has strengthened the association through involving members in global challenges and change.
His leadership has transformed AIA to fit the professionalism required in the 21st century. The remarkable achievements are changing the governance to improve decision making, enhancing technology, having a campaign meant for public awareness. To be able to cater for today’s issues, Robert’s focus is to prepare architects to be able to deal with pressing issues such as climate change, sustainability, and impact of design on public health. For his achievements, Robert has received many awards from the Natural Architecture Fraternity. In addition to being an eloquent speaker, he has written books and also served in the Venice Architecture Biennale.