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On July 25, 1998, by unanimous vote, the Board of Direction of the
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) established the Architectural
Engineering Institute (AEI), effective as of October 1, 1998.  AEI
becomes ASCE's third semi-autonomous institute.  Unique within ASCE, AEI
is expected to be comprised largely of individuals who are not civil
engineers.  Indeed, AEI is intended to become the preferred professional
"home" organization for all parties involved in the building industry.
It is being established through the merger of two successful
organizations, ASCE's Architectural Engineering Division (AED) and the
National Society of Architectural Engineers (NSAE).  The membership and
ongoing activities of both of these organizations will be maintained and
expanded. 

The Mission of the Architectural Engineering Institute is to provide a
multi-disciplinary forum for building industry professionals engaged in
the planning, design, construction, and operation of buildings to
examine technical and professional issues of common interest.  This
mission will be achieved through twenty technical and professional
committees, most of which are already active.  Some current activities
include:

*	Developing and sponsoring the NCEES Building Architectural
Engineering Exam, which will first be given in April, 2001.
*	Developing the first Standard of Practice for Building
Serviceability, a Committee Report on Basement Walls,  a Manual on
Design to Mitigate the Effects of Terrorism, a Manual on Aerodynamic
Design of Cladding, and several other documents.
*	Establishing rules and procedures governing the use of the AEI
Trademark by individual and organizational members, in a manner similar
to AIA (i.e.; John Smith, AEI).
*	Maintaining and building the Journal of Architectural
Engineering, an acclaimed publication since the first issue in March,
1995.
*	Planning and hosting the Architectural Engineering Summit in
1999, a meeting of the invited leaders of all professional organizations
with members who are involved in the building industry.
*	Planning and sponsoring the first International Architectural
Engineering Conference in 2001.
*	Establishing an Academic Council comprised of the department
chairs of all recognized university AE degree programs.
*	Maintaining thirteen student chapters, fostering additional
student chapters, and sponsoring national student conferences and
contests.

Membership in AEI is open to all individuals, companies, and
professional organizations involved in the building industry.
Membership in ASCE is not required.  There are several categories of
membership:

*	Fellow, a Member with special recognition.
*	Member, licensed engineers and architects (with certain
exceptions).
*	Associate Member, graduate engineers and architects who are not
yet licensed.
*	Affiliate Member, other individuals with knowledge and
experience.
*	Student Member, full-time students in an accredited engineering
or architecture program.
*	Industry Member, professional engineering and architecture
design firms.
*	Affiliate Industry Member, firms engaged in construction,
product manufacturing, materials supply, and related fields.
*	Cooperative Member, other non-profit professional, technical,
and educational organizations.

All individuals and organizations that join prior to January 1, 1999,
will have the special distinction of being recognized as a "Founding
Member."  For further information, visit the developing AEI website at
http://www.aeinstitute.org, or contact the AEI Administrative Manager,
Patricia Brown, at (703) 295-6017 or pbrown(--nospam--at)aeinstitute.org.  As an
absolute last resort, you may contact the undersigned.

Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
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