The American Institute of Architects, led by Executive Vice President and CEO, Robert Ivy is an NGO, based in Washington, DC. This group works to lobby in the best interest of consumers of architecture services, and, the environment. The group has had many successes over the years when it comes to influencing policymakers.
The AIA was founded in 1857 in New York City. Over the years, the group has grown from 13 board members to a national organization. The group has grown so significantly, it’s now recognized on a local level, with chapters all over the country.
There are many topics that the AIA takes on. Among these issues are the following:
- Art, history, and religion
- Building science and technology
- Career and the profession
- Design specialty
- Firm management
- Social impact
As you can see, this is quite a large undertaking. Embedded within these topics are specific issues Robert Ivy, and, the AIA must address through advocacy. Among these topics advocated, are the following:
- Building codes
- Business of architecture
- Design matters
- Global practice
- Procurement & project delivery
Due to the nature of the profession, the AIA is responsible for staying abreast of many laws and regulations. Robert Ivy and the AIA make sure that professionals are educated through their organization. The website alone offers many valuable resources not only for seasoned professionals but, also for those entering the profession. Those who are members are able to add the AIA suffix to their name, easily distinguishing them as a credible professional. The organization also offers fellowships and college fellows organizations.
The AIA makes its organizational structure very clear. This is communicated by their bylaws, which can be found online at http://aiad8.prod.acquia-sites.com/sites/default/files/2017-05/AIA-Bylaws-April2017.pdf. There are many different types of membership and affiliations that are seen within the AIA, so, having a highly structured system is necessary.
The “AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct,” is a prominent document which is able to be viewed at https://www.aia.org/pages/3296-code-of-ethics–professional-conduct. The code is applicable to any level of membership, and, the strictest adherence is required. The three parts of the code are:
- Canons (broad principles of conduct)
- Ethical standards (more specific goals toward which each should aspire)
- Rules of conduct (mandatory requirements)
The National Ethics Council, or, NEC, is responsible for monitoring regulatory compliance for the organization. Growing the profession, and, of course, taking on projects are the focus of the AIA. Enhancing the quality of life for all American’s, is what Robert Ivy, and, the AIA strive to do every day. Check more:https://washington.org/meetings/find-dc-listings/american-institute-architects