In this millennium age, the world is faced with an unmatched wide spectrum of challenges notably in economic and socio-political circles. If such challenges are not addressed diligently by various stakeholders both from the government, quasi-governmental organizations as well as non-profit making bodies, then, the nations will stand to be grounded politically, economically and even socially.
To avert this, professional bodies have had to re-engineer their business models and concentrate more on the development socio-political and economic agenda of the nations they operate in. Such professional bodies included the American Institute of Architecture.
Founded in 1857, the Institute helps its members, and by extension, the citizens of United States of America to keep abreast with the latest trends and innovations in the field of Architecture. The body has truly set the appropriate standards for the practice by ensuring that licenses are only issued to architects that are willing to uphold the dignity of the profession.
This is fundamental to their core objective as the professional body in Architecture in the USA. Also, it arranges seminars, workshops, tours, and expos to further emancipate the architects and the interested general public on best industry practices in architecture.
On the social platform, AIA has gravitated towards fostering architectural designs that aim at seeing to it that the USA has healthier cities. Under the stewardship of Robert Ivey, the CEO, the institute has discovered that superb urban designs are the strategic arsenals to overcome the ever-rising tides and concerns of chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.
Also, urban design is pivotal to reducing the skyrocketing Medicare bills. American Institute of Architects Report of December 2012 can attest to this. More so, AIA has a positive contribution to the community through their Community Social Responsibility programs. For instance, they sponsored the Education Facility Design Award” where they honored the best education facility this year.
Since its inception in 1857, by a clique of only thirteen architects, it has now attracted membership to a tune of more than 90,000 members. This can be attributed to strong, visionary and dynamic leadership that, cumulatively, it has given them such an enviable success.
Robert Ivy, Born in Columbus, Mississippi, is a graduate of Sewanee University and a Master Architect. American Institute of Architecture is a non-profit making professional body. Its headquarters is in Washington DC. This strains every nerve to promote the professional prowess of its members who are more than 90,000.