In the 1850s a group of 13 architects came together in a bid to build a membership-based organization which would allow the development of the architectural and construction industries to move forward in a positive way. By 1857, the plans were in place to establish the New York Institute of Architects when the addition of new members from outside New York prompted a change in name to the American Institute of Architects; this group of highly educated architectural experts had become concerned about the lack of educational training undertaken by the majority of individuals who claimed to be an architect in the U.S. Visit AIA at Wikipedia to know more.
Now headed by former “Architectural Digest” magazine Editor-In-Chief Robert Ivy, the concerns of the American Institute of Architects have remained some of the same as those seen in the early days of the group; the American Institute of Architects are still concerned with the need to properly regulate the training and ongoing education of architects across the nation. Other areas of concern have become the need for a lobbying presence in Washington D.C. to ensure the latest regulations within the construction industry are fair to all.
Robert Ivy has been in control of the future direction of the American Institute of Architects for a number of years after leaving his role with “Architectural Digest” in 2010 to lead the future of the construction industry. As the CEO of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy has worked closely to put together a new direction for the group which sees a positive statement being made on the role climate change will play in the future. A range of public service campaigns and articles have been created under the leadership of Robert Ivy to allow the population of the U.S. to learn more about the problems climate change will cause the nation in the coming decades.
Despite being focused on the future of the world in terms of architecture and the coming challenges the environment is bringing to the role of the American architect the group is also dedicated to caring for those who were once active members of the architectural industry. Those who were members of the American Institute of Architects for more than 15 years and are now over the age of 65 are classed as Emeritus members and are given a range of benefits carrying on into their retirement. Read:http://www.architectmagazine.com/aia-american-institute-of-architects/