Going to school and in-service course are some of the ways people learn how to do their jobs. As the market changes it is important to keep up with trends. Another way to keep abreast of change and new information in one’s field is joining a professional organization. A professional organization is usually an organization made up of people of a shared professional for instance the professional organization in the united states is the Architecture Institute of America. The Architecture Institute of America is headed by Robert Ivy.
There are a number of benefits to joining a professional organization. To begin with, a professional organization provides an opportunity for networking for a particular group of professionals. A lot of professional organizations hold annual conferences and other events where members can meet and share. During these events, they can learn from one another, talk about available opportunities and even come up with solutions to problems they may have in common.
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Joining a professional organization means that a professional is increasing the power of the professional organization he or she has joined. According to Robert Ivy although the Architect Institute of America has a smaller pool of professionals than other similar organizations it has been able to sway the decision in a tax legislation. As a member of a professional organization you increase its power to lobby on issues that affect the profession.
Being part of professional organization also means that one gains credibility. Robert Ivy points out that at Architecture Institute of America there are a number of values that professionals must have. They also give membership to people who have attained certain academic qualifications and therefore being a member gives one an edge over non-members. Holding leadership positions ensures that one’s leadership qualities are exposed.
Before joining a professional organization it is important to ensure that it serves one’s needs. There are organizations for young professionals and there are others that cater to the more experienced. It is important to ensure that one can afford the charges and find out whether their employer can cater for them.
About Robert Ivy
Robert Ivy is the CEO of Architecture Institute of America. Before joining AIA he worked at the Architectural Record. He was named Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi in 2010. He currently received Noel Polk Award.
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Thomas Vonier is the president of America Institute of Architects (AIA). He is committed to motivating public demand for architecture. Tom puts the interests of members first before anything else and leads efforts that enhance public spaces and buildings as essential elements of the infrastructure in the country. The president has a track record of engaging the globe on the climatic challenges and urbanization, which advances values and programs at AIA in international settings. Tom’s practice is based in Washington, DC, and Paris. It aims at serving private and public clients with industrial operations all over the world.
Tom also works with municipalities to enhance security in the urban centers. He is also a board-certified security expert, and he has led research for US consulates and embassies. The research resulted in a new generation of design criteria and landmark solutions and recommendations to the Secretary of State. Tom received a presidential Design Award as a result of the Federal Triangle planning project that he undertook as an international advisor.
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Robert Ivy is the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Institute of Architects. The organization is a membership-based professional company. The primary focus of Ivy is in construction industries, building, and design. However, he encourages architects to look beyond their field. Ivy is a wise, warm, and soft-spoken man, who skillfully steers conversations on the innovation based on the history of urban planning in the United States and its relevance to architects. Robert believes that architecture has the potential to impact in several areas such as enhancing health and offering disaster relief solutions. AIA has been receiving attention in the recent months on issues outside design profession.
AIA recently announced about its commitment of ten years to design solutions and programs that focus on resiliency to natural disasters, public health, and sustainability in urban areas. The institution is offering support to university research with grants, as part of its commitment, which will work on a community plan in a major international city. However, the organization has not yet named the town. It will carry out an intensive hackathon to design a mobile application or other software projects. Robert is confident that architecture can affect the rate of non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. He says that the objective can be achieved through constructing buildings designed to encourage exercise like constructing buildings that encourage the use of stairs. Besides, buildings should be built such that they can easily access clean water, sunlight and fresh air. Ivy adds that construction materials should promote welfare, public health, and safety.
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