The American Institute of Architects is an organization that’s dedicated to the public image of American architects and architecture. The American Institute of Architects was founded in 1857 and has developed many of the laws and bylaws that govern modern architects.
When the American Institute of Architects first started, it was listed as the New York Society of Architects. The New York Society of Architects was founded by 29 members in one chapter and quickly grew to dozens of chapters all over the country. Currently, there are 300 chapters within the United States.
The original mission of the American Institute of Architects was to perfect the art of architecture. Up until the mid-1800s, anyone could call themselves an architect if they wanted. The American Institute of Architects put an end to that by officially becoming the representatives of architects. Their first constitution and bylaws become the laws that modern architects still abide by.
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The American Institute of Architects works with the government on all levels to ensure that architects everywhere in the United States are properly represented when it comes to making new, removing old, or updating current architecture-related policies.
The American Institute of Architects’ dedication to the craft and its members goes to the point that it helps startup architects find jobs in their local areas. It also offers a wide range of professional education tools and sources to help every architect of any level sharpen their skills. It also created a special Intern Development Program to help younger professionals prepare for the Architect Registration Exam.
As far as public education goes, the American Institute of Architects is the primary source of interaction education for architecture. Their educational mission is so much to inspire everyone to become architects. They just want everyone to understand the importance of good design.
The current CEO of the American Institute of Architects is Robert Ivy. Robert Ivy started working as an architect when he joined Dean/Dale, Dean, and Ivy. Since then, Robert Ivy’s worked mostly with architectural publications, communicating the interests and importance of architecture.
One of Robert Ivy’s greatest accomplishment came after was named Editor in Chief at Architectural Record. Once he was in control, that publication became the most widely wide architectural publication in the world. Robert Ivy worked as a critic for several national publications.