AIA (American Institute of Architects) is an accomplished body that regulates architectural experts in the USA. The organization is headquartered in Washington D.C. It offers public outreach, community redevelopment, education, and government advocacy with the aim of supporting architectural profession and at the same time improving the public image. American Institute of Architects also works with other teams such as construction managers and designers with the objective of ensuring proper business coordination in the construction industry.
According to history, AIA was founded in 1857 by a team of 13 architects. They aimed at promoting practical and scientific perfection of every member and elevate the standards of the architecture as a profession. The founding members of AIA included Edward Gardiner, Jacob Wrey Mould, Richard M. Upjohn, Henry Dudley, Fred A. Petersen, John Welch, Joseph C. Wells, Leopold Eidlitz, and Henry W. Cleaveland. Richard Upjohn was acting as the President when the organization was founded. Before the establishment of the organization, there was no schools and organizations for educating and licensing architects. Everybody used to claim to be an architect. When the members founded the group, they drafted its constitution on March 10, 1857. The constitution was registered under the name, NYSA (New York Society of Architects).
Currently, American Institute of Architects is headed by Mr. Robert Ivy. It has over 90000 accredited architects and other associated professionals. Every member of AIA is required to adhere to the professional conduct and code of ethics, which assure the public and clients that there is a commitment to high level of standards when it comes to architectural practice. In addition to the leadership of Robert Ivy, AIA is governed by Board of Directors, which comprises of more than 200 employees. Even though AIA operates as a state organization, its heart of operation remains with the local focus. It is a true reflection of the professional lives of locals. The components of service of AIA are spread throughout Hong Kong, Europe, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
As a national organization, AIA speaks with one voice. Even its services influence government activities, which in turn affect the quality of American life and professionalism as well. AIA monitors regulatory and legislative actions through the collective power of its membership. Most of the members of AIA participate in the decision-making processes, which involve local policymakers, state, and the federal government. To serve the interest of the public, the community-based programs that are promoted by AIA are in line with the mission of the local governments.