The American Institute of Architects offers public outreach programs, government advocacy, education and community development initiatives that aim at promoting construction as a profession, and to enhance its image in the public domain. AIA has its headquarters in Washington, D.C in the United States. The organization collaborates with various members of the design as well as construction team to help in coordination of the processes contained in the construction industry.
Thomas V. Vonier is the current president of AIA and FAIA as the Chief Executive officer. In 1857, the American Institute of Architects got founded in New York City by a group of 13 architects. The organization would precisely promote a practical and scientific perfection approaches among its members to elevate its professional standing.
On February 23, 1857, the group conducted a meeting in which 19 renowned architects at the time were invited to join them. All over the United States, there were no schools or laws that governed the license to operate as a professional architect. As a result, there were various cases in which anyone could claim to be an expert architect.
The architects at the AIA had a significant influence on the governing practices that had a direct impact on the professional practices. It then affected the general quality of life of the American society by way of speaking with united voices. The American Institute of Architects oversees the legislative actions as well as uses the collaborative power among its members to make relevant decisions by federal, state as well as local policymakers.
Through working closely with local governments, they carry out critical community based initiatives with an aim of serving the public, improving the design of public space, developing affordable housing for all Americans and protecting the infrastructures of the nation.
Robert Ivy is the Executive Vice President as well as the Chief Executive officer in the American Institute of Architects. His role mainly entails strengthening the association by way of public outreach programs, education as well as advocacy initiatives that help members in providing quality services to communities and clients in a global era of change and dynamic challenges. The AIA network comprises of over 250 chapters and more than 90,000 member architects devoted to elevating the built environment.
Robert’s tenure started in 2011, and he has since transformed the architecture profession to the 21st-century status. Besides, he is improving the organization’s responsiveness and proactivity while streamlining governance to promote decision-making process.