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The renowned United States’ leading professional body; American Institute of Architects (AIA), was founded in 1857 in New York. AIA, situated in Washington D.C., was established by 13 architects to enhance its members’ practical and scientific achievement and uphold the professions’ standing. On 23 February 1857, AIA expanded its membership to 29 after 16 outstanding architects joined the organization. This architectural body helped architects and architectural schools by advocating for the need for licensing laws in the United States.

Having developed and expanded, AIA extended its services to include public outreach, education, community redevelopment and government advocacy according to dcjobs.com. It linked with the members of the building industry like construction and design team to coordinate their operations. Its major objective was to enhance public portfolio and support the architecture profession. AIA managed local and state components in the United Kingdom, United States, Japan, Hong Kong and Europe.

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Currently, American Institute of Architects has over 90,000 licensed associate expertise and architects. It is committed to providing topmost code in the professional process. Therefore, its members comply with the code of conduct while handling colleagues, the public, and clients. It has a well defined five membership categories: Architect members (AIA), Associate members (Assoc. AIA), International associate members, Emeritus members and Allied members. Furthermore, the American Institute of Architects Students (AIAS) provides membership programs for the students.

The American Institute of Architects is managed by a Board of Directors. Furthermore, it has about 200 staffs and over 300 state and local chapters offering local focus to its members and manifesting their expertise lives. AIA is famous for the Honors programs, Institute honors, Institute honors for professional achievements, cosponsored programs, and membership programs. The honors programs include the Architectural Firm award, AIA Gold Medal, and AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion. The restoration and new project awards for institutes includes Interior Architects Award, Architecture Award, Twenty-five Year Award, and Regional and Urban Design Awards.

Recently, the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of AIA is Robert Ivy. Mr. Robert is a registered architect and the departed corporate executive and magazine editor at McGraw Hill Companies. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of the South in 1969 and masters in Architecture from Tulane University in 1976. Currently, he lives in Washington D.C in the district of Colombia.

Find more about Robert Ivy: http://www.zdnet.com/article/qa-robert-ivy-ceo-the-american-institute-of-architects/