For hundred of years, architecture was a fairly straightforward, if not mundane, profession to many not privy to its intricacies and artfulness. In today’s information age architects want to stay on the leading edge and bring their industry’s innovativeness to the masses, and technology is how they plan on doing so. Robert Ivy, who is the CEO of the American Institute of Architects, believes that through technology-based solutions such as hackathons along with bringing professionals from other industries together, that architecture can continue to expand and stay cutting-edge.
In a recent interview, Ivy stressed the importance of bringing architects together with programmers, artists, financiers, and even health-related professionals to form a team upon which a community can be built. This approach seems to imply that architecture needs not only architects but entire teams made up of many discipline to find the ultimate solution for each project. The idea is that technology can provide a greater understanding for the importance of architecture, while incorporating other crafts will move the industry ahead in the 21st century. A simple example might be designing a structure that helps people lose weight by incorporating certain design aspects. Building teams allows for nearly limitless approaches and ideologies about architecture that will keep it from going stale. Learn more at Crunchbase about Robert Ivy
In the U.S., the American Institute of Architects is the premier professional organization for licensed architects. The institute was formed in 1857 and was originally named the New York Society of Architects before deciding that they did not want to exclude the rest of the country. Before the creation of the AIA there were no specific educational or licensing requirements an individual needed to hold in order to call themselves an architect. The AIA created a set of standards that would ensure that one had to have an education from an approved institution and a license from a governing body in order to be an architect.
This turned architecture in the United States into an actual profession and established a set of bylaws that required its members to have a uniform education and set of best practices. In order to be a member of the AIA, one must have graduated from an AIA-approved architectural program and be a licensed architecture in his/her jurisdiction. Follow AIANational on Twitter.
While its headquarters are in Washington D.C., there are currently over 300 local chapters of the AIA and have over 90,000 members. Today, they provide to their members education, advocacy in the government, resources, and community outreach to increase support for the advancement of architecture. The AIA has over 200 full-time employees and has a presence in Europe and Asia. They also produce a monthly magazine entitled ARCHITECT: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects. Visit:https://www.aiadc.com/about