The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is America's largest and oldest professional society for architects. It has over 83,000 members. Its headquarters in Washington DC is governed by a Board of Directors that is nationally elected by its 300 state and local chapters. Founded in 1857, the AIA offers continuing education, conferences, and professional information to its membership and their clients.Dennis J. Hall, FAIA, FCSI (Charlotte, NC) FAIA, FCSI, is founder and managing principal of Hall Architects, Inc. and CEO of HALL | Building Information Group, LLC in Charlotte, NC. Hall is a forensic architect, author, and speaker. He has received numerous awards and has served on numerous boards, committees, and panels for various professional organizations including the Associated General Contractors, the American Institute of Architects, the Construction Specifications Institute, and the American Arbitration Association. He is a former national President of both the Construction Specifications Institute and Specification Consultants in Independent Practice and former Chancellor of the CSI College of Fellows.