AIABaltimore, The Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the third oldest chapter in the country, was founded in 1871 to improve and promote the practice of architecture through continuing education and its code of ethics and professional responsibility. The constitution written by its founders states that "the objects of the chapter are to unite in fellowship the architects of the city, and to combine their efforts so as to promote the artistic, scientific and best ethical standards of the profession."
Since its founding, membership and activity in the Baltimore Chapter have grown and changed. The chapter's educational programs for members and outreach to the general public has expanded. Committees have multiplied and broadened to provide professional knowledge sharing and networking to specific areas of practice, as well as across disciplines in the design and construction industry, and to offer resources for architects at all career levels. Furthermore, AIABaltimore has strived to demonstrate the value of architecture and design to the public and to communities across our region.
Today, the chapter consists of nearly 1200 architect and professional affiliate members, united to promote the profession in the Baltimore metropolitan area.
||E.F. Baldwin (seated left) was a founding member of AIABaltimore in 1871.
Courtesy of Carlos Avery, AIABaltimore, a Chapter History from 1870 to 2005, Charles Belfoure - available at the AIABaltimore Bookstore. $12, or FREE for memebers.
History of the Historic Architects’ Roundtable
by James T. Wollon, Jr., AIA
Walter Schamu, FAIA, called together the first regular meeting of the Historic Architects’ Roundtable, under the aegis of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, on 30 March 1989. He invited architects interested in architectural history and architectural historians whom he knew to explore research possibilities in Baltimore. His first research idea is still in progress, in a greatly expanded form: to research the early architects of Baltimore, particularly the fifteen architects and three engineers who founded the Baltimore Chapter, AIA, in 1870-71. Many of them were known only by name. Almost no biographical information was known and only a few buildings were known to have been designed by some of the founders. Some were altogether unknown. Read full version (PDF)