Architecture is one of the oldest professions on the planet. Ancient civilizations employ architects to build the greatest wonders on Earth. The profession is essential in every civilization, because without any architects, the beautifully designed structures would never exist. These architects are hailed because of their brilliance and artistry, and they managed to get a higher level of status in societies that have a system for social classes. Architects today are still designing magnificent structures, from the tallest skyscrapers to the grandest palaces built on land. In the United States, architects contributed so much to the society, building the foundation of American infrastructure. During the formation of the United States in 1776, the American government recruited hundreds of architects from Europe to help them build and design structures and cities across the newly formed country. The beautiful buildings of Washington, D.C., and the tallest skyscrapers in New York City are the product of the imagination of architects who have served the American society.
In 1857, a group of American architects noticed the gradual rise in numbers of architects who are coming into the United States. They decided to establish the American Institute of Architects to regulate the architects coming into the country, and they also introduced a set of rules and regulations that each architects must follow. Through the years, the American Institute of Architects became more powerful, and architects who are practicing in the United States must be a member of the organization. They now have the power to revoke the license of an architect practicing in the United States if they found out that they are not living by the organization’s rules and regulations, and the grounds involve malpractice and unethical behavior.
The organization is involved in activities that promote architecture as a profession. They are constantly doing information dissemination, to inform the public about the importance of architecture and the role of the architects in transforming the society. They are also hosting seminars and conferences which tackle about the issues concerning the architects in the country, as well as recommendations and suggestions on what the organization can do for the future of the American architects.
American Institute of Architects is currently headquartered in Washington D.C., and more than 90,000 architects are members of the organization. The organization is actively monitoring each architect who is practicing in the United States, and they are making sure that they are practicing their profession based on the organization’s rules and regulations. The current leader of the organization is Robert Ivy, who is also serving as the organization’s CEO and executive vice president. Robert Ivy is responsible for overseeing the organization as a whole, and he is also the one who is making decisions that would affect the American Institute of Architects.
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