Architecture is of one of the most covetous careers we have in the economy today with architects ranking among the most paid individuals. Like with all professional bodies, architects in American have their own body that governs their conduct and champions for the growth of their career. American Institute of Architects is an architectural body established in 1857 with a team of 13 committed architects whose objective was to improve the standards of the profession while promoting the practical competence of its members. Currently, this organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with Thomas V. Vonier, FAIA as its president and Robert Ivy, FAIA as its Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to the establishment of the American Institute of Architects, anybody could recognize himself or herself as an architect. However, with the constitution and rules that govern this body, to be registered as an American architect, one has to fulfill specific academic competence and vocational training as stipulated by the organization. Up to date, AIA has over 90,000 registered and licensed architects and associate professors on board. In addition to being competent, these members are required by the organization to act by certain codes of conduct and professionalism in order to guarantee the highest quality standards in practice.

AIA Structure

The top functional unit of AIA is its board of directors which is chaired by its president. Under its leadership, AIA has employed more than two hundred employees on a permanent basis. Despite being a national body, AIA has roots on state and local levels. These roots are spread out all over US, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Functions of the Association

AIA’s work is pretty much cut out. Thanks to the united front, the American Institute of Architects body influences positively on the government’s architectural practice that affects the basic life of Americans. Secondly, thanks to its expertise and participation, AIA helps in the decision and policymaking process of the federal laws. Lastly, the body serves the public by assisting in the development of elegant designs at cost-effective prices that last for a long time thus helping in the preservation of America’s infrastructural space.

On top of the above functions, the AIA helps in influencing the architectural educational sector. Not only does this body influence books, articles, and online publications in the field of architecture, it also carries out public education to sensitive people on the benefits of architecture. AIA is also responsible for offering honors and awards to its exemplary members.