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The American Institute of Architects
American Institute of Architects
(AIA) is a professional organization for architects in the United States. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the AIA offers education, government advocacy, community redevelopment, and public outreach to support the architecture profession and improve its public image. The AIA also works with other members of the design and construction team to help coordinate the building industry. The AIA is currently headed by Robert Ivy, FAIA as EVP/Chief Executive Officer and Carl Elefante, FAIA as AIA President.

The Octagon House
The Octagon House
was built in 1800 in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
and is owned by the American Institute of Architects

Contents

1 History 2 Organization

2.1 Membership 2.2 Structure 2.3 Service 2.4 Professionalism 2.5 Public education 2.6 Honors and awards 2.7 Magazine

3 Presidents 4 See also 5 Footnotes 6 External links

History[edit]

1957 stamp commemorating the AIA's centennial

The American Institute of Architects
American Institute of Architects
was founded in New York City
New York City
in 1857 by a group of 13 architects to "promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members" and "elevate the standing of the profession."[1] This initial group included Charles Babcock, Henry W. Cleaveland, Henry Dudley, Leopold Eidlitz, Edward Gardiner, Richard Morris Hunt, Fred A. Petersen, Jacob Wrey Mould, John Welch, Richard M. Upjohn and Joseph C. Wells, with Richard Upjohn
Richard Upjohn
serving as the first president. They met on February 23, 1857 and decided to invite 16 other prominent architects to join them, including Alexander Jackson Davis, Thomas U. Walter, and Calvert Vaux. Prior to their establishment of the AIA, anyone could claim to be an architect, as there were no schools of architecture or architectural licensing laws in the United States.[1] They drafted a constitution and bylaws by March 10, 1857, under the name New York Society of Architects. Thomas U. Walter, of Philadelphia, later suggested the name be changed to American Institute of Architects. The members signed the new constitution on April 15, 1857, having filed a certificate of incorporation two days earlier.[1] The constitution was amended the following year with the mission "to promote the artistic, scientific, and practical profession of its members; to facilitate their intercourse and good fellowship; to elevate the standing of the profession; and to combine the efforts of those engaged in the practice of Architecture, for the general advancement of the Art."[1] Architects in other cities were asking to join in the 1860s, by the 1880s chapters had been formed in Albany, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Rhode Island, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.. As of 2008, AIA has more than 300 chapters.[1] The AIA is headquartered at 1735 New York Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C. A design competition was held in the mid-1960s to select an architect for a new AIA headquarters in Washington. Mitchell/Giurgola won the design competition but failed to get approval of the design concept from the United States
United States
Commission of Fine Arts. The firm resigned the commission and helped select The Architects Collaborative (TAC) to redesign the building. The design, led by TAC principals Norman Fletcher and Howard Elkus, was ultimately approved in 1970 and completed in 1973. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the organization, the building was formally renamed in 2007 the "American Center for Architecture" and is also home to the American Institute of Architecture
Architecture
Students, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Architecture
and the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Organization[edit] Membership[edit] More than 90,000 licensed architects and associated professionals are members. AIA members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct intended to assure clients, the public, and colleagues of an architect's dedication to the highest standards in professional practice.[2] There are five levels of membership in the AIA:[3]

Architect
Architect
members (AIA) are licensed to practice architecture by a licensing authority in the United States. Associate members (Assoc. AIA) are not licensed to practice architecture but they are working under the supervision of an architect in a professional or technical capacity, have earned professional degrees in architecture, are faculty members in a university program in architecture, or are interns earning credit toward licensure. International associate members hold an architecture license or the equivalent from a licensing authority outside the United States. Emeritus members have been AIA members for 15 successive years and are at least 65 years of age or are incapacitated and unable to work in the architecture profession. Allied members are individuals whose professions are related to the building and design community, such as engineers, landscape architects, or planners; or senior executive staff from building and design-related companies, including publishers, product manufacturers, and research firms. Allied membership is a partnership with the AIA and the American Architectural Foundation.

There is no National AIA membership category for students, but they can become members of the American Institute of Architecture
Architecture
Students and many local and state chapters of the AIA have student membership categories. The AIA’s most prestigious honor is the designation (FAIA) of a member as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. This membership is awarded to members who have made contributions of national significance to the profession. Slightly more than 2,600, or 2% of all members, have been elevated to the AIA College of Fellows. Foreign architects of prominence may be elected to the College as Honorary Fellows of the AIA.[4] Structure[edit] The AIA is governed by a Board of Directors and has a staff of over 200 full-time employees.[5] Although the AIA functions as a national organization, at its heart are some 300 local and state components providing members with the local focus that reflects their professional lives. The components are spread throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, and Hong Kong.[6] Service[edit] By speaking with a united voice, AIA architects influence government practices that affect the practice of the profession and the quality of American life. The AIA monitors legislative and regulatory actions and uses the collective power of its membership to participate in decisionmaking by federal, state, and local policy makers. To serve the public, the AIA's community-based programs work with federal legislators and local governments to elevate the design of public spaces, protect the nation's infrastructure, and develop well-designed affordable housing for all Americans. The American Institute of Architects
American Institute of Architects
announced in June 2013 at CGI America (an annual event of the Clinton Global Initiative) the creation of "Designing Recovery," a design contest in partnership with the charities Make It Right, SBP, and Architecture
Architecture
for Humanity.[7] Sponsored by Dow Building Solutions, a total of $30,000 in prize money was divided equally among three winning designs in New Orleans, Louisiana, Joplin, Missouri, and New York City.[7] Entrants submitted single-family housing designs with the objective of "improving the quality, diversity and resiliency of the housing in each community."[7] Organizers made the portfolio of designs (even from non-winners) available to communities recovering from natural disasters.[7] Professionalism[edit] The AIA serves its members with professional development opportunities, contract documents that are the model for the design and construction industry, professional and design information services, personal benefits, and client-oriented resources. In contributing to their profession and communities, AIA members also participate in professional interest areas from design to regional and urban development and professional academies that are both the source and focus of new ideas and responses. To aid younger professionals, an Intern Development Program, Architect
Architect
Registration Exam preparation courses, and employment referral services are frequently offered by local components.[8] Public education[edit] The AIA attempts to meet the needs and interests of the nation's architects and the public by raising public awareness of the value of architecture and the importance of good design. To mark the AIA’s 150th anniversary and to showcase how AIA members have helped shape the built environment, the AIA and Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive
released findings from a public poll that asked Americans to name their favorite 150 works of architecture.[9] Two of the AIA’s public outreach efforts, the Blueprint for America nationwide community service initiative marking its 150th anniversary and the Sustainability 2030 Toolkit, a resource created to encourage mayors and community leaders to advocate environmentally friendly building design both earned an Award of Excellence in the 2007 Associations Advance America Awards, a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives and the Center for Association Leadership. Honors and awards[edit] The AIA has long recognized individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the architecture profession and the AIA.[10] Honors Program:

AIA Gold Medal Architecture
Architecture
Firm Award AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education

Institute Honors: (for new and restoration projects anywhere in the world)

Institute Honor Awards for Architecture Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design Twenty-five Year Award

This award, recognizing architectural design of enduring significance, is conferred on a project that has stood the test of time for 25 to 35 years. The project must have been designed by an architect licensed in the United States
United States
at the time of the project's completion.[11]

Institute Honors for Professional Achievement:

Associates Award Collaborative Achievement Award Edward C. Kemper Award Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
Awards for Public Architecture Whitney M. Young, Jr.
Whitney M. Young, Jr.
Award Young Architects Award

AIA Committee on the Environment

AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects

Cosponsored programs:

AIA/ALA Library Building Awards AIA Housing Awards AIA/HUD Secretary's Housing and Community Design
Design
Awards

Membership Honors:

Honorary Membership (Hon. AIA) Fellow of the American Institute of Architects
American Institute of Architects
(FAIA) Honorary Fellowship (Hon. FAIA)

Magazine[edit]

Architect: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects

Editor-in-chief Ned Cramer

Frequency monthly

Publisher Hanley Wood

Year founded 1911

Country United States

Based in Washington, DC

Language English

Website www.architectmagazine.com

ISSN 1935-7001

OCLC
OCLC
number 75182955

ARCHITECT: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
American Institute of Architects
is the official magazine of the AIA, published by Washington, D.C.-based business-to-business media company Hanley Wood, LLC. ARCHITECT hands out the annual Progressive Architecture
Architecture
Award, in addition to the R+D Awards (for research and development). ARCHITECT also conducts an Annual Design
Design
Review, which it describes as "a unique barometer of the business of architecture."[12] Previously, the official publication of the American Institute of Architects was Architecture
Architecture
(magazine), which was preceded in turn by the Journal of the American Institute of Architects. Both publications are currently defunct. Presidents[edit] The following people served as presidents, all of whom were elevated to Fellows of the American Institute of Architects:[13]

Richard Upjohn
Richard Upjohn
1857-1876 Thomas Ustick Walter
Thomas Ustick Walter
1877-1887 Richard Morris Hunt
Richard Morris Hunt
1888 - 1891 Edward Hale Kendall
Edward Hale Kendall
1892 - 1893 Daniel H. Burnham
Daniel H. Burnham
1894 - 1895 George Browne Post 1896-1898 6th Henry Van Brunt
Henry Van Brunt
1899-1900 Robert S. Peabody 1900 - 1901 Charles Follen McKim
Charles Follen McKim
1902 - 1903 William S. Eames 1904 - 1905 Frank Miles Day
Frank Miles Day
1906 - 1907 Cass Gilbert
Cass Gilbert
1908 - 1909 Irving Kane Pond
Irving Kane Pond
1910 - 1911 Walter Cook 1912 - 1913 Richard Clipston Sturgis
Richard Clipston Sturgis
1913 - 1915 John Lawrence Mauran
John Lawrence Mauran
1915 - 1918 Thomas Rogers Kimball
Thomas Rogers Kimball
1918 - 1920 Henry H. Kendall 1920 - 1922 William B. Faville 1922 - 1924 Dan Everett Waid
Dan Everett Waid
1924 - 1926 Milton Bennett Medary
Milton Bennett Medary
1926 - 1928 Charles Herrick Hammond 1928 - 1930 Robert D. Kohn
Robert D. Kohn
1930 - 1932 Ernest John Russell 1932 - 1935 Stephen F. Voorhees 1935 - 1937 Charles Donagh Maginnis 1937 - 1939 George Edwin Bergstrom
George Edwin Bergstrom
1939 - 1941 Richmond Harold Shreve 1941 - 1943 Raymond J. Ashton 1943 - 1945 James Richard Edmunds, Jr. 1945 - 1947 Douglas William Orr
Douglas William Orr
1947 - 1949

Ralph Thomas Walker
Ralph Thomas Walker
1949 - 1951 A. Glenn Stanton 1951 - 1953 Clair W. Ditchy 1953 - 1955 George Bain Cummings 1955 - 1956 Leon Chatelain, Jr. 1956 - 1958 John Noble Richards 1958 - 1960 Philip Will, Jr. 1960 - 1962 Henry Lyman Wright 1962 - 1963 J. Roy Carroll, Jr. 1963 - 1964 Arthur Gould Odell, Jr. 1964 - 1965 Morris Ketchum, Jr. 1965 - 1966 Charles M. Ness, Jr. 1966 - 1967 Robert L. Durham 1967 - 1968 George E. Kassabaum 1968 - 1969 Rex Whitaker Allen 1969 - 1970 Robert F. Hastings 1970 - 1971 Maximilian Otto Urbahn 1971 - 1972 S. Scott Ferebee, Jr. 1972 - 1973 Archibald C. Rogers 1973 - 1974 William Marshall, Jr. 1974 - 1975 Louis de Moll 1975 - 1976 John McGinty 1976 - 1977 Elmer Botsai 1977 - 1978 Ehrman B. Mitchell, Jr. 1978 - 1979 Charles E. Schwing 1979 - 1980 Robert Randall Vosbeck 1980 - 1981 Robert Lawrence 1981 - 1982 Robert Broshar1982 - 1983 George M. Notter 1983 - 1984 R. Bruce Patty 1984 - 1985

John A. Busby, Jr. 1985 - 1986 Donald J. Hackl 1986 - 1987 Ted P. Pappas 1987 - 1988 Benjamin E. Brewer, Jr. 1988 - 1989 Sylvester Damianos 1989 - 1990 Jim Lawler 1990 - 1991 W. Cecil Steward 1991 - 1992 Susan A. Maxman 1992 - 1993 L. William Chapin II 1993 - 1994 Chester A. Widom 1994 - 1995 Raymond Post, Jr. 1995 - 1996 Raj Barr-Kumar
Raj Barr-Kumar
1996 - 1997 Ronald Arthur Altoon 1997 - 1998 Michael J. Stanton 1998 - 1999 Ronald L. Skaggs 1999 - 2000 John D. Anderson (architect) 2000 - 2001 Gordon H. Chong 2001 - 2002 Thompson E. Penney 2002-2003 Eugene C. Hopkins 2003 - 2004 Douglas L. Steidl 2004 - 2005 Katherine Lee Schwennsen 2005 - 2006 R. K. Stewart 2006 - 2007 Marshall Emmiett Purnell 2007 - 2008 Marvin J. Malecha 2008 - 2009 George H. Miller 2009 - 2010 Clark D. Manus 2010 - 2011 Jeff Potter 2011 - 2012 Mickey Jacob 2012 – 2013 Helene Combs Dreiling 2013 – 2014 Elizabeth Chu Richter
Elizabeth Chu Richter
2014 - 2015 Russell A. Davidson, FAIA 2015 - 2016

See also[edit]

American Architectural Foundation (AAF) AIA Columbus, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects Architecture
Architecture
Billings Index Boston
Boston
Society of Architects (BSA), a chapter of the American Institute of Architects Society of American Registered Architects

Footnotes[edit]

^ a b c d e "History of The American Institute of Architects". American Institute of Architects. Archived from the original on 2 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-04.  ^ "Become a Member!". American Institute of Architects. Archived from the original on 3 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-04.  ^ "Rules Of AIA Designations" (PDF). American Institute of Architects. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-04.  ^ "AIA College of Fellows". American Institute of Architects. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-04.  ^ "AIA Board of Directors". American Institute of Architects. Archived from the original on 11 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-04.  ^ "Local Components of the AIA". American Institute of Architects. Archived from the original on 6 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-04.  ^ a b c d PR Newswire (June 13, 2013). "American Institute of Architects, Make It Right, St. Bernard Project and Architecture
Architecture
for Humanity Launch Housing Design
Design
Contest to Aid Disaster Survivors". PR Newswire US (Press release). Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved November 3, 2017.  ^ "AIA Knowledge Communities". American Institute of Architects. Archived from the original on 9 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-04.  ^ "America's Favorite Architecture". American Institute of Architects. Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-04.  ^ "Awards Handbook" (PDF). American Institute of Architects. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-04.  ^ "Twenty-five Year Award". American Institute of Architects. Archived from the original on 11 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-04.  ^ "Awards - Architectural Annual Design
Design
Review". Architect
Architect
Magazine. Retrieved 2013-10-27.  ^ "AIA Presidents". American Institute of Architects. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 

External links[edit]

American Institute of Architects
American Institute of Architects
official website American Institute of Architects
American Institute of Architects
at Curlie (based on DMOZ) American Institute of Architects
American Institute of Architects
Records at Syracuse University (60 years of primary source material) Florida Institute of Architects Publications Digital Collection', including the American Institute of Architects' Florida Association's Florida Architect, Florida/Caribbean Architect, and others AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Awards e-Oculus, the AIA New York Chapter's e-zine ARCHITECT Magazine, the magazine of the AIA, published by Hanley Wood.

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American Collateral Organizations of Architecture

American Institute of Architects
American Institute of Architects
(AIA) American Institute of Architecture
Architecture
Students (AIAS) Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Architecture
(ACSA) National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
(NCARB)

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