The AIA, also known as, The American Institute of Architects, serves as a non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC. The organization has a long history and was initially started in New York City. With only 13 members, it’s since expanded nationwide, many chapters even serving the local level. One may wonder why such an organization would need to be politically involved, however, there are many reasons.
Robert Ivy is a current Executive Vice President, and, also the CEO of AIA. His team works towards many goals, sustainability is one of the most prominent. Robert Ivy and, his team, lead these efforts by raising public awareness of the work that architects do, and, how it affects everyone’s environment. This means being astute to the materials, planning, design, economics, infrastructure and, policies affecting modern day architecture. While this may seem like a rather exhaustive list, it’s only a sampling of the considerations taken into account when designing a building.
Another topic that Robert Ivy, and, the AIA stress is resiliency. Climate change, natural disasters, and, a deteriorating infrastructure often necessitate extra efforts when planning and designing projects. The communities served by the environments they create are also a top consideration. With schools, churches, parks, and, all the other parts of a community, the planning must be complementary and fit into the landscape of the area.
Legal considerations are one of the biggest issues that the AIA has to contend with. Laws regarding building, the environment, zoning, and, many other real estate laws come into play when planning and, implementing architectural endeavors. Robert Ivy and the organization share its “best practices,” and, many other guidelines to assist architects in their efforts. They also provide continuing education and ethical guidelines, so that the professional standards are upheld. This can be seen in the organization’s bylaws, which it makes publicly available.
As previously stated, the AIA supports professionals in many ways. Support to architects entering the profession is helpful to their success. They are able to be mentored, and, given support to be competitive in today’s market of seasoned professionals. The organization also gives its members the designation of being able to add the credentials of “AIA,” to their names. This is helpful in distinguishing an architect as being an ethically aware and, well-educated professional. The organization continues to support its architects, and, they also support the communities in which they work and live for the benefit of all.