American Institute of Architects and the Future of Architecture

American Institute of Architects, or AIA, was founded in 1857 with 13 founding members. Over the years the AIA has grown to over 90,000 members, and has it’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The AIC now has over 260 chapters of the organization around the world.

The American Institute of Architects is a membership based organization focusing on design, building, and construction industries. Robert Ivy, FAIA, and Executive Vice President of the AIA, has seen the progress in the world of architecture, and also is a visionary in moving forward in the business of design, building, and construction. Follow AIANational on Twitter for more updates.

In today’s architecture, there are many challenges. One is the effects of climate change on buildings. Another challenge that is unprecedented is the care of structures that are deteriorating from neglect and age. For over 160 years the AIA has made public safety their number one concern when working with design and construction. Robert Ivy has contributed to this mission by promoting the importance of combining the established skills and purpose of the members in AIA with software programmers.

Robert Ivy believes that thinking outside the box in the industry is important because of the myriad of ways architecture impacts the public. Architects are used in many different scenarios that range from situations such as disaster relief solutions and even improving health. Architecture has been used to improve health for over a century. For example, the draining of the swamps in Washington D.D was the design of an architect. The original design of Central Park was to create a healthier environment for the neighborhood. Health interests are still important to today’s architects, but it is handled with more sophistication and technology for better results.

One ideal Robert Ivy adheres to is that designs and materials involved in the process of building can improve the occupants health, not merely maintain their health. This is a goal Robert Ivy strives for in the AIA.

Robert Ivy believes in the old adage that nothing happens in isolation and that collaborating with other associations outside AIA’s field will yield positive and progressive results. AIA sees the future in architecture as a transformation from isolated visionaries to that of master collaborators. Architects, though skillful in design, are also experts in gathering intelligent people into diverse and large teams from all relevant disciplines.

Robert Ivy sees the ultimate goal as being able to tell if buildings are making a positive impact on the public. The evidence will take time because today that quality is rare. Critical evidence needs to be gained over time to provide necessary proof. By refocusing the architectural lens on health improvement, the AIA can oversee projects that will be fulfilling their vision for the future.

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