The American Institute of Architects was created in New York City in 1857 by a community of 13 architects to elevate the profession and focus on the scientific aspects of architecture. The first members group Charlie Babcock, H. W. Cleaveland, Hank Dudley, Leo Eidlitz, Ed Gardiner, Rich M Hunt, Fred A. Petersen, among others. Richard Upjohn served as the first President of the American Institute of Architects. They met on February 23, 1857 and decided to invite 16 other prominent architects to join them, including Alex J Davis, Tom Walter. Before this group was started, any person could claim to be an architect, since there was no professional recognition.
Today, there are more than 9000 members who have agreed to the high priority of ethical work practices. There are five levels of the American Institute of Architects. They include:
- Members (Architect)-licensed to do architecture
- Associate Architect-not licensed but work under the supervision of a licensed mentor
- International Associate-licensed to do work outside of the United States
- Members Emeritus-have been licensed and served 15 consecutive years and are at least 65 years of age
- Members Allied-professions who are closely related to architect
By speaking in a unified voice, the American Institute of Architects is able to influence legislation and policy for the overall Architect field. The AIA works closely with communities to better public spaces and promote the healthy and environmentally friendly design for the future. This organization has also been active in promotion of homes for those who are in need to provide affordable and safe housing options.
The AIA has recognized for many years specific individuals and organizations for their excellent achievements in support of the architecture profession and the AIA.
- Gold Medal (AIA)
- Honor Awards for Architecture Interiors
- Regional and Urban Designs
- COTE Ten Outstanding Green Projects
- Public Architecture Award (Thomas Jefferson)
The AIA works to promote the recognition of the architect field by highlighting accomplishments to the public. To celebrate their 150 year anniversary, the AIA sponsored a contest for the public to name their 150 favorite works of construction. Initiatives like the 2030 Sustainability Toolkit helps mayors and other public officials to encourage the building of eco-friendly structures in their cities.
The American Institute of Architects has served proudly through the years to advocate and highlight the field of Architecture in the United States, and to promote integrity in the field.
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