The American Institute Of Architecture
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) was established in 1857 by thirteen architects. The purpose for the organization was to give credibility to their field. Prior to the creation of AIA buildings were often designed by people who were not true architects. This original group of architects sought to promote the field of architecture and professional architects, and also to put an end to individuals without education or licensing in architecture from working in the field.
The organization started in New York City with the original members including the following Architects:
1. Charles Babcock
2. Henry W. Cleaveland
3. Henry Dudley
4. Leopold Eidlitz
5. Edward Gardiner
6. Richard Morris Hunt
7. Fred A. Petersen
8. Jacob Wrey Mould
9. John Welch
10. Richard M. Upjohn
11. Joseph C. Wells
Today, the AIA is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has grown to include 260 chapters all over the world. The membership currently exceeds 90,000. Each of those members occupies one of five membership levels. Architect Members are licensed architects. Associate members are unlicensed and working professionally with a licensed architect. International associate members are architects licensed outside of the United States. Emeritus members are 15 year members who are 65 years or older and no longer working as an architect. Allied members are persons working in related fields such as publishers, engineers and planners.
The goals of AIA are to continually promote the standards that members adhere to. Members of AIA are dedicated to a code of ethics and professional conduct with all their interactions with clients and business associates. AIA architects use their collective power to influence government practices that affect the field of architecture and the of American way of life. It participates in decision making by federal, state, and local policy makers. To serve the public, The AIA serves the public by working with federal and local government in designing public spaces, protecting the nation’s infrastructure, and in developing appropriately-designed affordable housing for every American.
The AIA offers many services for students of architecture, licensed architects and the public. It offers its members professional development opportunities, model contract documents that can be used for the design and construction industry, information services, personal benefits and client resources. They help young professionals through an Intern Development Program, Architect Registration Exam preparation courses, and employment referral services. To date, the primary purpose of the AIA is still to raise public awareness of the value of architecture and the importance of good design.
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