When it comes to professional organizations, almost everyone has heard of the American Medical Association for doctors and the American Bar Association for attorneys, but few have discovered the American Institute of Architects. While all of these organizations share some common benefits the AIA stands out on its own and several ways.
The first and most obvious benefit is a feature shared with the AMA and the ABA, provide a credential level above and beyond a just a license to practice. As the industry evolves and grows members are required to grow with it, keeping the talent pool within the organization strong. This has an obvious benefit for members; it’s much to prove your skills without having to keep your portfolio on you at all times. As a benefit to businesses and Americans, they can assure they are hiring a quality architect or quality architect firm based on their membership to the institute.
Much like the AMA and the ABA, the AIA offers networking events and opportunities to connect with other members. This is important in terms of honing your skills and finding out about new opportunities in the industry. Once again we can see a benefit for America as a whole; when an industry can communicate they can better serve the needs of the country.
The third and final similar benefit is their lobbying efforts in the US government. By having a professional voice in Washington architects can ensure that money is not wasted chasing impossible or impractical projects. They can also ensure that the right amount of money is spent toward maintaining and enhancing our existing infrastructure. Efficiency in Washington means a direct benefit to both Architects and average Americans alike.
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What sets the American Institute of Architects is a level of continued training provided. This is more than just an association where members are expected to share what they know with others, it is an institution. With optional courses being offered throughout the country several times per year the AIA is able to provide members with training resources and ways to grow their skill set.
Finally, another unique benefit of the organization is the contracts that are available. Rather than spending hundreds of hours of your own time and thousands of dollars on contract attorney fees, the AIA has these available to its members that little additional charge.
All this together shows why the Institute has been able to become a mainstay in the United States for over 150 years. This continued commitment to Excellence and growth has been a considerable boon for both its members and the country, with no end in sight.