A Look at the American Institute of Building Design Building Better Buildings

 Despite well-intended laws and protocols enacted in respective states, co-op and  condo homeowners, organizations and associations are often faced with  complicated, sometimes confusing issues related to building codes, zoning  ordinances, designers, vendors and contractors. Too often, they are left to  negotiate the maze without adequate guidance and oversight.  

 While New York and New Jersey are among five states requiring residential  building designers to present their clients with licensed architectural  renderings of proposed projects, the rest of the country has no such  requirement. Builders in the other 45 states can essentially build “as they see fit.”  

 This divide gave rise to the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) nearly  60 years ago. The organization was founded in 1950 to provide its members with  professional and educational resources, as well as to develop nationwide design  standards and a code of ethics for the building design profession, explains  AIBD’s Executive Director Steve Mickley.  

 “When a new home or addition is in your future, a specialist in the discipline of  residential design is your best choice to guide you through the design/building  experience,” says Mickley. “It makes sense to secure design services from a qualified, experienced source.”  

 And while Mickley concedes that AIBD’s New York and New Jersey chapters have fewer members than chapters in states  with less stringent laws, many designers, architects and builders operating in  the tri-state area have joined AIBD because of the extra measure of comfort and  security their membership gives clients.  

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