The American Institute of Architects (AIA)is an organization that issues licenses to professional architects. There are more than 90,000 members in the AIA. The head office of the AIA is located in Washington D.C. The AIA has around 200 full-time employees and 300 chapters. ARCHITECT is the magazine that is currently published by the AIA. The AIA’s previous magazines were Architecture and the Journal of the American Institute of Architects. The AIA Conference on Architecture is organized by the AIA every year. AIA Contract documents serve as the standard for the design and construction industry.

The first chapter was established in New York City. Most of the chapters are in the United States. However, there are international chapters in the United Kingdom, France, Middle East, Shanghai, Japan, and Hong Kong. These chapters help AIA license candidates prepare for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE). Candidates also participate in the Intern Development Program and get job referrals. They have access to internet courses. Robert Ivy is the executive vice president and CEO of AIA. The president of the AIA is Thomas V. Vonier, who recently became elected as the president of the International Union of Architects.

In 1857, 13 architects formed the AIA in New York City. The AIA was originally named as New York Society of Architects. The AIA name was selected by Thomas U. Walter. The first president of the AIA was Richard Upjohn. Upjohn’s term as AIA president started in 1857 and ended in 1876.

AIA memberships are classified into five categories: architect, associate, international associate, emeritus, and allied. There is no AIA membership for students. Students can join the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).AIA offers the Fellow of the American Institute of Architects Award to professionals who have achieved excellence in the field of architecture. Two percent of the AIA members have this award.

Public service is provided by the AIA. The collaborates with lawmakers and governments to protect buildings from the hazardous effects of climate change. Public space reinvestment decisions made by policymakers are influenced by the AIA. The AIA stands up for fair housing policies for everybody regardless of economic status. The Sustainability 2030 Toolkit was started by the AIA. With this toolkit, the government encouraged the construction of buildings with sustainable designs. AIA is a supporter of the architect futures because it makes the public more aware of architecture and design value.

See: https://www.aiaaustin.org/content/honorary-dinner-robert-ivy-faia


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