Robert Ivy, the CEO of the AIA, or American Institute of Architects, is encouraging more professionals to join the association. While schools exist for the purpose of teaching, on the job training will also take care of itself. The one area many professionals should consider is joining a professional society such as the AIA. Why is this?
It all really depends upon the area in which you work. Some careers may offer more on the job training, but for those who want to travel up the ladder to higher ranks should consider what these societies can do for them at a professional level. There is always much more to learn once you begin to advance.
Educational programs may be the primary benefit of joining a professional society. Along with continuing education in some fields, it’s the latest research or other advanced areas of someone’s field that can benefit from more educational resources. Additionally, architects who choose to join the AIA can network with each other. This leaves it open as a way to find work now or in the future.
Societies have long been the one place that members can turn to for data, tools and resources, as well as for networking. The best part is that these societies work diligently to ensure that the information they make available is tailored to each members needs.
Robert Ivy, the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the AIA was named as the CEO in 2011. He was also nominated for the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. It was in 1996 that he became the Editor-in-Chief for the Architectural Record, also leading him into the realm of publishing. This was the icing on the professional cake for Robert Ivy as he was steering his career into new avenues.
There’s no doubt that Robert Ivy believes that the AIA can help other architects due the same through networking and attending professional events held by these associations. It’s also important to note that credibility is also endearing when one chooses to join these associations. It lets others know that you’re on the up and up.