As many people already know architects play a huge part of many of the buildings we have today. One organization that knows this better than anyone is the American Institute of Architects. The organization is located in the United States and happens to be headquartered in Washington, D.C.
When you first think of any career it may sometimes seem odd to think about how it may of all began or who first decided who was and was not in the career or organization. This, however, is exactly where the AIA was many years ago. The AIA stands for the American Institute of Architects, which is a very professional organization in the United States and is mainly for architects. The main headquarters for the organization is located right in Washington, D.C.
The American Institute of Architects main goal from the beginning has always been to educate as many people as they possibly can on the architecture profession and to help improve the image of architects everywhere. Currently, the organization is able to do just that and is helped by the head of the organization, Robert Ivy. With his help, the organization has been able to grow more throughout the years.
In 1857 the American Institute of Architects was first established in New York City. The organization was first established when 13 architects all came together and decided that they wanted to be able to help promote both the scientific and the practical perfection of all of the organization’s members, along with also helping architecture become a more noticed profession. The group finally realized that they wanted to add more members to the organization and on February 23, 1857, they welcomed 16 new members.
Before the AIA was established it was said that anyone that wanted to could just come along at any time and claim that they were an architect. This was mainly due to the fact of there being no such thing as licensing laws or architecture schools in the United States. It was then on March 10, 1857, that the organization was able to draft up their very first constitution.
The American Institute of Architects, as of 2008 proudly had well more than 300 chapters. It was in 2007 that the organization was proudly able to celebrate their 150th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion the organization decided to rename their original building to the American Center for Architecture. Today the building is home to tons of architecture students along with many architecture organizations.
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