American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the need for Diversity
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional governing body for Architects in the United States. It has its headquarters in Washington DC. The institution was founded in 1857 by a group of 13 architects and is responsible for providing education, government advocacy, redeveloping the community as well as promoting awareness to the public on the objectives of AIA. The professional body also works hand in hand with design and construction companies in order to coordinate and facilitate the building industry.
AIA has a membership of over 90,000 architects as well as associate members. All registered members are expected to adhere to the institution’s code of ethics and to uphold professionalism which is intended to assure quality and integrity service both to clients and the general public. There are generally five levels of membership at AIA.
The first group is that of architect members. These are individuals licensed by the authority to practice architecture. Secondly, we have the associate members. This group of individuals is not licensed to practice architecture rather they work under the supervision of AIA licensed members in a technical or professional capacity or have a degree in architecture. Thirdly we have international associate members who hold a license from AIA but live outside the United States. We also have Emeritus members who have been members for 15 years and are of 65 years and above. Finally, we have Allied members whose professions are closely related to architecture.
Robert Ivy Speaks on the need of Architects to Diversify
The CEO of American Institute for Architects, Robert Ivy has encouraged architects to think beyond the building industry. Speaking on an interview in one of the local TV channels, Mr. Ivy said that architects have the ability to prosper in other areas such as offering disaster relief solutions in order to improve health. In the recent months, AIA has caught public attention outside the building and design arena. This is viewed as a way of trying to diversify the operations and activities of the institution from just focusing on architecture to other areas of public interest.
The soft-spoken CEO urges all architects and members of AIA to embrace diversity and stop focusing solely on architecture. In the past years architectures have concentrated on design and construction something which has probably informed the CEO’s decision to challenge that trend. Most AIA members agree with the views of Robert Ivy pointing out that it is time for architectures across the country to think diversity.