The American Institute of Architects, or, AIA for short, is a trade organization that also serves as a non-governmental organization. The purpose of this group is to support fellow architects, while also, lobbying policymakers in Washington. One may be curious to know why this type of group would need to be politically involved. Since nearly everyone is a consumer of architecture, this is in the best interest of all parties involved. Executive Vice President and CEO, Robert Ivy, and, the AIA stand up to laws that undermine the integrity of the profession, and, the landscape.

The AIA supports architects through recognition, continuing education opportunities, sharing best practices, ethical guidelines, and, through identifying them as members of the organization. New architects entering the field can seek a mentor through the AIA, and, they also get support while beginning their careers in a challenging market. Robert Ivy and, the AIA, have made public awareness a top priority in educating the general public of the important role architects, and, architecture has in modern society.

The AIA also defends their profession, which has faced much competition from engineers, moving into the field. They also provide fair pricing and salary guidelines, so members are aware as to how they should be compensated. Visit AIA at The New York Times to know more.

The AIA, and, Robert Ivy also put sustainability as the main topic of concern within the profession. This is especially important, as it affects many areas in the field of architecture. The building materials, communities involved, energy sources, future generations, and, many other factors come into play when designing architecture. The AIA supports EISA, and, they’ve defended this legislation by debunking many myths that have been expressed by lawmakers to the general public.  Read this article at Architectural Record about Robert Ivy

The AIA also makes sure that all members, and, even those who interact with the business of architecture is acting in an ethically sound manner. They have an entire series of bylaws to display the organizational structure, the behaviors, and, even the expected roles that each party is to fulfill the organizational structure. This is especially important as architects have many legal responsibilities. Real estate laws, building laws and guideline, contracts, eminent domain, and, many other types of legal considerations play the role of the architect’s duties and responsibilities.

Given the current political climate, it’s more important than ever for the AIA to be active. Robert Ivy and, his dedicated team continue to support and advance the agenda for all those invested in the field of architecture.

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