The American Institute of Architects was founded in 1857. The main headquarters of the group is located in Washington D.C. The main goal of this particular group is to promote and advocate the use of architects throughout the United States and around the globe. The group originally began in New York City but moved to D.C. after it was created.
As of now, the group has more than ninety-thousand members who try their best to give the occupation of architecture a positive image and carry on the traditions of current architects to the future generations. The are five levels that one can go through to reach the top of the architectural heap. Here they are and what members are part of each level.
The first level of the group is called the Architect Members. There are people in the group who are licensed to practice architecture by an authority in the United States. The second level of the group is called the Associate members. These are members of the group that are nor officially licensed members yet but they are working under the tutelage of an Architect member to help them attain a license and become a future Architect member. The third level in this group is called the International Associate members. The people in this group have an architecture license or the equivalent license to practice architecture outside of the United State. The fourth level of this group is called the Emeritus Members. People that belong to this group have been a part of the group for fifteen consecutive years or are sixty-five years of age or older. This group also includes those who cannot work in the architectural profession anymore. The fifth and final level of the group is called the Allied members. People that belong to this group are people that are associated with the architecture profession but are not architects themselves. Occupations at this level consist of planners or senior staff from an architectural design firm. This group is not only associated with the American Institute of Architects but also with the American Architecture Foundation as well.
All of the members of the American Institute of Architects want to make sure that the craft of architecture never goes out of style. With a membership like it is now, that will not be happening anytime in the near future and that is a good thing for everyone.
For more, please check https://www.facebook.com/public/Robert-Ivy.