American Institute of Architects, the premier professional organization set up for architects, says that modern buildings are taking an energy efficiency note and ready to put the infrastructure due to savings reflected over the years. Interestingly, universities and colleges are the front-runners in the movement. Recently, Stanford University in California installed an energy facility that would reduce its utility expenses in long-term and ensures responsible energy through an award-winning architecture and back-of-house operations. It is calculated that the university can make $425 million saving in the utility bills during the course of next 35 years.
Similarly, other universities and colleges that are in need of renovation started stepping towards environment-friendly and energy efficient architecture to set the example. It can be said that the significant success of converting or building more structures into environment-friendly can be attributed to AIA. It started two nationwide initiatives called the Blueprint for America and Sustainability 2030 Toolkit to intensify campaign and efforts for encouraging environment-friendly building design. The programs are highly endorsed across the country under the leadership of Robert Ivy, the current CEO of AIA. He thinks that the architecture of the buildings should address and ensure sustainability, resiliency to natural disasters, and public health.
With that mission in mind, AIA declared a ten-year commitment to design such projects in 2012 that can ensure better living standards for people. Interestingly, the Institute follows a collaborative approach in executing the same and provides grants for research. Ivy confirms that the themes of architecture changes in every decade as architects look for alternatives. He says that the architects of the current generation are socially engaged, diverse populations, and dedicated to hands-on building. As the premier association of architects, AIA thinks that the varied interests of architects open new possibilities and architecture examples to the people.
AIA was founded in the year 1857 in New York City, and it has mobilized the trends of each era conveniently and addressed needs over the decades. Today, it is considered as the last word in architecture ecosystem, and people around the world listen to its words when it comes to architecture and construction. It has over 90,000 licensed architects and professionals as members. Currently, AIA is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and expands the architecture ecosystem through various programs. It offers community redevelopment, government advocacy, education, public outreach to enhance architecture profession, and more. It collaborates with various administrations at the county, state, and Federal levels as part of community support initiatives.