This is an architectural body of professionals that oversee the designing and the redesigning of structural building. It was founded in 1857 by a small group of architects that consisted of only 13 members. The group worked on the constitution and bylaws that were to be used for the running of body to ensure discipline and its continuity.
Currently, the body of professional architects is governed by a board of directors and is led by FAIA, Robert Ivy, as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) together with FAIA, Thomas V. Vonier, as the president of AIA. The two have worked tirelessly to make sure that the values of the body are upheld at all times.
Since its birth, the body has grown magnificently from a 13 member body to the current over 90 000 members. It has had major developments and has won in many architectural competitions. The body has produced among the finest architects such as Robert Ivy who has been named as master of architects in 2010 by Alpha Rho Chi.
Robert Ivy, an architect, member and CEO of the American Institute of Architects encourages his members to not only to focus on architecture but also focus in public health. He does this because he believes that architectural practices go hand in hand with public health and ignoring it could lead to unwanted adverse effects.
As a result of increase in membership to the institute, membership has been tiered to different categories. These categories are divided into five and include the licensed architects, non-licensed but practicing architects, practicing non-US architects, professionals who are not architectures but their fields are allied to architecture and those that have been in the institute as members for 15 years consecutively.
Members of the body are always encouraged to adhere to its standards while delivering services. This is because the body has a significant influence on the US government and the legislative bodies. Thus, a need to save the image and this mutual trust is important.
While making important public redesign decisions, the institute is always consulted by the government. The body considers this as their way of giving back to the society and is always available to serve when needed.
The American Institute of Architects has a way of rewarding its members. Those that have contributed significantly are given the rewards that they deserve. The top most ranked award being the Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA).