Social Impacts of American Institute of Architects

 Since 1875, AIA is the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, up-and-coming professionals, and associate partners. Their headquarters are in Washington, DC, and they have more than 260 divisions worldwide.

This body has over 90,000 licensed architects, and associated professionals guided by a code of ethics which enables members to work with the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and competence.

AIA has five levels of members

  • Architect
  • Associate
  • International associate members
  • Emeritus
  • Allied members

Recently AIA has been getting attention outside of the design profession. Architects offerings today include supplement services, and Robert Ivy, the current CEO of AIA, is of the opinion that in today’s world, architecture is more than the traditional building design with impact in many areas from providing disaster relief solutions to improving health. Business schools have also discovered the pros of design-thinking and architects are encouraged to sense, evaluate, and solve problems in different ways.

All through the history of the U.S, architectural plans and integration of public health have been associated; the reason is that design principles of architects dictate public health consideration in all their design. Buildings must be well ventilated with access to sunlight, clean water, and fresh air. Robert Ivy supports urbanism as long as it’s a good quality of life, being the most cost-effective result of climate change and the foundation of a low carbon future.

Robert Ivy insists that buildings are not just objects, they should be considered facilitators of change that can even influence public health. He insists that unhealthy structure can affect a vast majority of people. To assist with this, for example, a buildings can be designed in a way that encourages walking up and down the stairway as opposed to using of lifts and escalators.

It has also been proven that specific environments and ambiance ( e.g., lighting) can influence people productive positively or negatively. The ultimate consequence that Robert ivy is concerned with is evidence that the new way of building is creating a positive impact on society or otherwise can be fixed to correlate with the well- being and efficiency of people.

Construction materials can also have an impact on mass health. Strategic alliances with experts in different fields need to be formed for the common goal of finding suitable building materials so as not only to maintain the health of occupants of premises but to improve their health as well. Read more: