American Institute of Architects is a group of architects in the United States, and its headquarters is in Washington DC. It was started in 1857. This group offers many services like education, community development, government advocacy and public outreach. It aims to improve the overall outlook of the architecture as a profession. The organization also works with many other members and groups mainly of the construction and design team to assist in the coordination in the building industry.
The organization has more than 90 000 members among them are associated professionals and licenced architects. All the members of the group adhere to the professional conduct and code of ethics guiding the organization and ensure that all the public, colleagues and clients receive the highest standard of the professional practices. There are five distinct levels of the membership in the American Institute of Architects. The first one is the architect members who are strictly licensed by the licensing authority of America to practice architecture. The second level is the associate members. This level members are not licensed, but they practice architecture under the supervision of the technical and professional capacity of the licensed members.
The third group are the international associate members. This level all the members are license or sometimes hold the equivalent license from the licensing authority outside America. The fourth level is the emirate members who have been members of the group for more than 15 years and should be 65 years old and above. The last group is the allied members who are just the individuals whose career and profession are related to architecture such as engineers, planes or landscape architects.
The group is governed by the Board of members and have staff who are more than 200 employees. The components of the group is spread throughout United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Europe and Japan. The group speak with one united voice to influence the practices by the government towards the quality of American life. They also monitor regulatory and legislative actions and also make use of the collective power of the membership in the participation of the decision-making by local policymakers and federal state.
The group attempts to meet all the interest and needs of the national architects and the larger public by raising the public awareness of the importance of quality design and the overall value of the architecture. The organization also recognizes its members for the significant achievements by awarding them honors and awards.