If you have ever admired a building or a house, then chances are your life has been indirectly influenced by an architect. Every skyscraper, every house, and even a lot of interior designs have an architect’s fingerprint on them. Architects change the world by their unique designs, and the American Institute of Architects is there to give them all of the necessary support so they can continue to fill America and the rest of the world with immense beauty.
A cursory look at their website shows a whole host of professional development opportunities for their member architects, including a list of the latest professional events that all architects can participate in. For example, a current look at AIA’s calendar reveals that they are going to host an in-person ACD5 online training session in New York City on October 9; an ACD5 Basics training webinar that is ongoing; an an educational event entitled “Scene through the lens: Guadalupe street” on October 14th in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The professionals at the American Institute of Architects also realize that the field of architecture touches on many different subjects. They have a list of topics that they often touch on, and this would include Art, History and Religion; Building science and technology; Design and health; Design specialty; Energy; Firm Management; Resilience; Social Impact; Career and Profession; and Materials.https://www.aiacontracts.org/
Literally volumes could be written about their contributions to these topics. Under the social impact category alone they discuss a variety of programs, including their “disaster assistance” program and their Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT).
The disaster assistance program consists of a nationwide network of architects who stand ready to help any community before and after a natural disaster occurs. Their most recent task has been to help families and businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma in Houston and Florida. Moreover, they also coordinate with local agencies to assist in the rebuilding process in each of these areas.
The R/UDAT program is also helpful for many. It helps communities by providing a citizen-led directive to help urban areas become more self-sustainable.
As you can see, there is much that the up-and-coming architect can do to improve their neighborhood, community and world. The American Institute of Architects stands ready to help every architect, whether they are in the twilight of their careers, the middle or even just at the beginning.