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.

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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 使命

美国建筑师协会是美国建筑专业的代表,提供了其成员为社会服务的机会. 通过创新文化, AIA激励其成员, 启发创造更美好的居住环境。 

AIA的第一个使命宣言,  始于1857年,旨在“促进其成员在科学性和实用性上日臻完美”和“提升行业地位。”1858, 使命被修正并扩大为”促进其成员在美学、科学性和实用性上日臻完美; 便于交流和促进职业道德的普进; 提高行业的地位; 并为艺术的总体进步而努力的所有建筑专业人士集结力量.’ 虽然这些理念会随时间而精炼, 但AIA的基本宗旨是一致的. 他们会继续辅助AIA的各地分会. 

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AIA 上海使命

 AIA上海延伸了AIA对在上海与中国各城市成员的服务, 在成员之间建立了一个更高的设计, 教育和工作标准. 同样重要的是, AIA上海促进了AIA各地成员与中国政府的关系.  它提供了AIA, 美国成员和海外成员联系的渠道, 并提供了获得当地对成员的专业经验认可的途径.

 AIA 上海组织了活跃在中国的建筑师和其他有兴趣的设计专业人士,他们在美国受训与美国建筑行业密不可分. AIA 上海试图针对中国与美国在专业设计运行上不同点形成共识; 推广美国的培训和设计方法;促进美国专业建筑执照的国际认可度;推进AIA和在中国工作生活的会员的沟通。