Building a Strong Voice
Associations of many kinds are support systems for working and beginning professionals alike. Those who are new to the professional world or showing interest in the professional world as students. They usually start to lose focus and commitment if not supported by an association greater than themselves. One of the reasons why the association with associations is so powerful, says AIA’s Robert Ivy, is that professionals take on the values of the association thru commitment to the association. In a recent study performed by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)in 2010 showed the number of associations to be growing. Today there are 52,000 associations across America. ASAE defined two types of associations, trade and professional. While trade associations seek number of members, professional associations have the added dimension providing relevant tools and opportunities for career and professional development and advancement. Robert Ivy, speaking for AIA, whom he has led as CEO and Vice President since 2011, says that AIA has members who act as lobbyists before Congress on behalf of the AIA. The lobbyists were instrumental in gaining tax legislation for AIA. Read more about Robert Ivy at Tulane School of Architecture website.
Deposit of Profesional Knowledge
One of the benefits of being associated with an organization is the kids of information the organization can gain for its members. For example, AIA obtains many tools for its over 90,000 members: newsletters, a Professional Journal, website presence with multiple benefits and professionally written articles, specific pools of knowledge associated with different and distinct architectural disciplines. AIA offers many types of membership from an associate to a professional association for those who have practiced architecture for many years.
Honors and Awards
Another reason persons join a professional association is to be associated with credible professionals or to gain credibility among peers of the profession. For example, Robert Ivy became a member of Alpha Rho Chi, a Fraternity for architects. Recently the fraternity bestowed upon Robert Ivy the name of “Master Architect,” a distinction only bestowed upon seven other members of Alpha Rho Chi. Associations like AIA present on their superior members honors and awards. AIA bestowed upon Robert Ivy the honor of Fellow, which is their highest honor awarded. Visit Archinect to know more about Robert Ivy.