Japan Institute of Architects
The Japanese Institute of Architects (Japanese日本 建筑 家 协会kenchikuka Nihon Kyokai short JIA ) is the most established professional and interest society of free and independent architects of Japan with about 4900 members. The organization was founded in May 1987. Acting President 2013 Taro Ashihara.
At the foundation of the two former Japanese professional associations, the Japan Architects Association ( JAA ) and the Japan Federation of Professional Architects Association ( JFPAA ) went on in JIA. The JIA has the ten regional association sections ( "Chapters " ): Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto - Koshinetsu, Tōkai, Hokuriku, Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa. The main objective of the Association is the definition of the legal working status, and the promotion of professional architects in Japan.
Among other things, the JIA annually awards the awards " JIA Award", "Best Young Architect of the Year" and "Sustainable Architecture " and every two years the " JIA 25-Year Award".
The JIA is represented as so-called "Japanese section " in the International Union of Architects (UIA ).