CommunityA profession is based on community. In fact, a profession is a means of developing communities of like-minded and qualified individuals into a single body that can act as one to accomplish more than any one of them could accomplish alone. Communities of professionals develop shared standards, skills and certifications, agree on them together and then redistribute them back to their local environments. This has been the case for hundreds of years, back to the days of trade guilds, such as the masons.
Today's professional world demands a global approach to this process. Iasa has developed communities all over the world over the past 7 years. These communities are the center of our intellectual property development process as well as the focus for Iasa programs.
Over the last 7 years, Iasa has discovered unique ways to develop communities that work. Our chapters are not simply user groups in the tradition of java or .net development groups. Instead they are the focus of local program development for the support of the profession. Chapters run robust programs to enable and empower the profession. These levels help differentiate for example a location that can run certifications versus one that is simply holding monthly meetings.
There are 3 types of Iasa communities. These are chapters, which are advanced communities providing robust services to members, interest groups which are smaller groups just forming up, and knowledge communities which are virtual communities centered around a topic or even organization.
Chapters are geographically located and provide the most services to their community. Chapters in Iasa are already located in many of the major population areas of the world, so check to see if there is already a chapter in your city. Generally, chapters serve the city they're located in, and there will not be more than one in each city.
To find out more about about chapters click here.
Interest groups represent starting chapters or smaller groups of architects.
To find out more about about interest groups click here.
Knowledge Communities represent the latest addition to the Iasa community family. They are virtual groups of individuals focused on a single topic or organization. For example your company might be interested in setting up a knowledge community for internal architects.