The American Institute of Architects, also known as AIA, is a professional trade organization. AIA works to provide support to those in the profession, and, to strengthen the organization from a political perspective. The organization has been around since 1857, and, it started with only 13 members. Robert Ivy is the current CEO and Executive Vice President of AIA.
Since the AIA works very closely with the general public, and, the places we work and live, it’s important to understand their values. The organization works to raise awareness of the issues with infrastructure and, the environment, in relation to architecture. The AIA also works to support its members and, even the general public through providing education on architecture.
Another main value is supporting architects in their professional endeavors. The group offers continuing education courses to keep professional architects skill’s sharp. Since the organization promotes remaining a vital and significant part of the economy, the AIA promotes awareness of the profession, and, it also helps keep smaller firms competing in the market. The AIA works to make sure that professionals entering the job market as young architects are supported along the way. Becoming discouraged is common among students, so they can enter the profession with confidence, and, the skills they need to be successful.
The AIA’s convictions are strong. They stand for what they do and, don’t believe in. This means having to lobby in the political arena. As an NGO, they bring their most prominent issues to the forefront in Washington, DC. Many of the concerns are related to the environment and sustainability. It’s important for the AIA to remain active in politics, so policies that would undermine the profession aren’t advanced. They also seek to advance policies that do assist the profession in making a better, and, more comfortable environment.
The specific values that are listed by the AIA are as follows:
- We stand for equity and human rights
- We stand for architecture that strengthens our communities
- We stand for a sustainable future
- We stand for protecting communities from the impact of climate change
- We stand for economic opportunity
- We stand for investing in the future
- We speak up, and policymakers listen
It’s easy to see that the AIA, and Robert Ivy as its leader, are making a positive impact on the current architectural landscape. The organization works to continue advancing their agenda, in order to benefit society as a whole.