There are few organizations expressing the moral code the world should live by in such a strong and influential way as the American Institute of Architects. The membership organizations have been tasked with one of the most important and influential roles in the constructions industry as the more than 90.000 members look to develop a strict and exacting code of ethics designed to ensure the construction industry operates in a morally correct way; the American Institute of architects is much more than simply an important members association, particularly as the group works in close partnership with a number of other constructions based groups to work towards a brighter future for all.
The American Institute of Architects is one of the oldest and most respected construction-based membership organizations in the world after it was formed 1857 by a small group of 13 architects from New York hoping to regulate the architecture industry in a more organized way. In the first days of the group, membership was destined to be limited to the state of New York after the initial name of the organization was the New York Society of Architects. During the drafting of the constitution of the group a name change to the American Society of Architects was suggested and credited to Thomas U. Walter.
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Within a year, the American Society of Architects had become so popular and respected a number of architects were calling for new chapters to be created in their cities; in the 1880s, chapters had been formed across the northeast of the U.S. with expansion continuing to the present day with more than 300 chapters now in operation across the nation.
In 2017, there are five separate levels of membership for architects to choose from and a structure taking in a board of directors and more than 200 full-time staff members. One of the most important aspects of the work of the American Institute of Architects is the role its members take in determining legal and political measures affecting the construction industry at all levels. The 90,000 members of the American Society of Architects spend much of their time working to make sure federal, state, and local construction rules are created in a way designed to extend the art of architecture for the good of the U.S.
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