The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is based in the United States and has its headquarters in Washington DC. It provides public outreach, education, community development and advocates for the architecture profession. It is made up of over 90,000 licensed architects, more than 200 employees and has 300 local chapters. Most of its members are licensed architects, allied partners of the profession and emerging architects.
The organization has achieved much since its inception in 1857. Then it was known as the ‘New York Society of Architects’ and had 13-member architects who wished to elevate the architect profession and promote the practical and scientific performance of its member architects. Today, it sponsors hundreds of architect students and helps professional architects maintain their license.
It has also continually set the trends and standards in the construction and design industry by providing different rules and contracts. The organization also hosts the yearly AIA conference on Architecture which brings together professionals from the industry and provides an avenue for architects to meet, share and learn from each other.https://siny.org/news/aia_appoints_robert_ivy_a_executive_vice_president_ceo/
The organization also publishes numerous articles and publications, including ‘The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects’ and web-sourced resources that provide direction and showcases work of professional architects. The organization has also advocated for the architectural profession and has award programs that award designers and professionals that have outstanding achievements. Through the institution, the public has seen the value in design and the architecture profession.
About Robert Ivy
The organization is headed by Robert Ivy as the chief executive officer since Feb. 1, 2011. Ivy holds a master of architecture from Tulane University, and he is a graduate of Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of the South. He is a well-known figure in the architecture profession as he served as the editor in chief of the Architectural Record for 14 years. He was well known as a spokesman of the architect profession on matters such as the effect architecture on political, social and environmental issues.
Under his leadership, the Architectural Record was able to win many awards including the national magazine award for general excellence, 26 Jesse H. Neal award for magazine journalism among others. Since he started managing AIA, he has built a relevant and responsive AIA that advances the architect professional and also helps the public understand the critical role played by architects in their everyday life.
In the year 2009, Ivy was granted the G.D Crain Jr. award due to his editorial contributions in the media. He has authored the book ‘Fay Jones Architect’ which is said to have the highest standard of design, scholarship, and production.