The American Institute of Architects (AIA) brings together design, innovation and experience. Together, they’re changing how society views Architects and underscores their importance to the framework of commercial and residential buildings. Whether the project build is a big one or a small one, the AIA provides Architects with valuable resources. The AIA was founded by a small group of 13 architects, lead by Richard Upjohn. They gathered in a New York office, to form an organization that would promote their industry. Today, the network has expanded to 90,000 members in the US and abroad. The mission of the AIA is simple, to provide member partners with updated resources and other invaluable information about the best practices in the industry.
AIA is more than just a member organization. Because Architects aren’t just members, but instead are referred to as, community “partners.” The AIA goes beyond standard membership benefits to include ways to connect with other partners, how to increase brand awareness, survey results about home trend designs, educational programs, and marketing exclusives and other useful information; all related to running a successful Architecture firm. Partners are also provided with resourceful client insight and reports about economic indicators.
Few network organizations can say that they’ve been around since 1857. That’s because of AIA dedication and integrity to fostering industry growth. Architect partners receive practical information about forming, developing and running a firm. Member partners receive honors, awards and recognition as they are kept informed about advocacy, policies and publications that affect Architects, as a whole. The AIA includes women and young architects and the organization conducts a leadership institute and holds regular events and conferences for training and networking.
The idea behind the American Institute of Architects is to foster industry excellence through practice and education. The AIA provides everything that’s needed to operate an Architectural firm; it doesn’t matter if it’s an individual Architect’s practice or a staff of Architects, working together as a company. In addition to the aforementioned resources, AIA partners also have access to over 180 construction forms and contracts. The resources are provided in an easy-to-use format with the most used ones listed by standard form number. Important, because no project build can move to groundbreaking without a contractual agreement; which outlines all incorporated rights and responsibilities. These responsibilities are between the owner, the architect and the contractors and subcontractors.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Institute_of_Architects