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AIA Issues Database Project

Working with the thesis that “if an issue were of critical importance it would find its voice in the annual meetings,” James A. Scheeler, FAIA and Andrew Brodie Smith, Ph.D. researched the proceedings of the annual AIA conventions and created a database of issues raised. The project makes available to all AIA leaders an invaluable tool to trace and profile issues of interest to the membership at the Chapter, State, and National level.

The project is still in development. In its completed form,

  • Each issue would have a profile;
  • A series of essays would tracing the development and influence of these issues, investigating and ordering ideas to form an intellectual history of the Institute;
  • The database will be added to at the conclusion of each convention.

Introductory Essay
Building the Culture of the Architects’ Professional Society – 150 Years of The American Institute of Architects
is a 20-page introduction to the database. It profiles the history of primary issues that have shaped the professional society.

List of all AIA Issues with links to Available Profiles
This list of issues is organized by headings taken from the Objects of the Institute. The page explains how to search the database for a specific issue. Each issue that has a profile is linked.

List of Essays based on AIA Issues
The list of all essays on AIA issues were developed largely through initial reliance on the results of database profiling.

How to Contribute
Contact if you would like to add an essay or documents about the AIA’s activities relating to one of the issues in the database.


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