THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is an international, US founded professional organization, that protects and serves architects and design professionals, monitors legislative issues that impact the public and the profession, to recognize and promote excellence in architectural design, technology and design related issues.
Full members of the AIA are individuals who are licensed to practice architecture in the US and are invited to be a part of the leading organization representing the interests of their profession. Membership is also open to allied professionals and students to form part of the larger design and construction community.
The members of AIA create a community to share knowledge and advocate a shared vision to have a positive impact on the direction of the profession, the shape of our neighborhoods, and our world.
The American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architectural profession in the US and the resource for its members in service to society. Through a culture of innovation, AIA empowers its members and inspires creation of a better built environment.
The very first mission statement of AIA, dating from 1857, states the goal to "promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members" and "elevate the standing of the profession." In 1858 the constitution was amended, enlarging the mission "to promote the artistic, scientific, and practical profession of its members; to facilitate their intercourse and good fellowship; to elevate the standing of the profession; and to combine the efforts of those engaged in the practice of Architecture, for the general advancement of the Art." While these precepts continue to be refined through the years, the basic objectives of the AIA as a professional organization have remained the same. They continue to guide AIA chapters worldwide.
美国建筑师协会（AIA）是一个源于美国，保护并服务于建筑师和设计师的国际专业组织. 此组织监察立法对公众和相关专业带来的影响，并引导和促进建筑设计, 技术与设计相关的议题.
AIA Shanghai, an entity of the American Institute of Architects, was organized in 2012 to serve the professional interests of the growing number of AIA member architects practicing in Shanghai and other cities in the People’s Republic of China. The chapter enables the AIA to better meet the needs of its members in the region, and to uphold the professional tenets first outlined 150 years ago by the AIA’s founders in the United States.
AIA Shanghai extends the services of the AIA to its members practicing in Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), to uphold a high standard of design, education and professional practice among its members. Equally as important, AIA Shanghai helps foster stronger ties between AIA, regional architects and governments in the PRC. It provides a conduit for communication and support from AIA, American associates, and fellow overseas members, as well as offer a means for local recognition of credentials and professional experience.
AIA Shanghai organizes US trained architects and other interested design professionals who are active in Shanghai, and who have professional ties to the United States. AIA Shanghai seeks to foster an understanding of the differences in professional practices between the US and the PRC; promote US training and design approaches; facilitate international recognition of US professional architectural credentials; and foster communications between AIA and its members who work and reside in the PRC.
AIA上海, 美国建筑协会分会, 成立于2012年, 服务于上海乃至中国各地日益增多的AIA建筑师成员， 本协会使AIA可以更方便地满足当地会员的需求. 并秉承贯彻AIA创始人早在150年前在美国开创的专业原则.