The leading body for professional architects in the United States is generally attributed to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA stands as one of the oldest professional organizations in the United States, created way back in 1857 by a group of 13 architects. Their goal was to advance the field of architecture and establish educational requirements for those who claimed to be architects. At the time, the organization was referred to as the New York Society of Architects and later changed their name to the current iteration. The American Institute of Architects is currently comprised of over 90,000 architectural professionals across the country and offers five different levels of membership.
Robert Ivy was named the CEO and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects in 2011. Mr. Ivy has a Bachelor’s degree from Sewanee: The university of the South and Master’s degree from Tulane University. Prior to his appointment at AIA, Robert worked as the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record and as the Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media. His work as an editor has resulted in countless awards, including 26 Jesse H. Neal awards. His knowledge and commitment to excellence is unmatched in the architectural media industry. Robert Ivy is also the author of the biography, Fay Jones– Architect, which details the story of the apprentice of esteemed architect, Frank Lloyd-Wright. The biography was authored in 2001 and is currently in its third edition of print.
Under Robert Ivy’s direction, the American Institute of Architects has continued to grow year over year, offering any number of continuing education offerings to its members. It also provide information for government agencies on community redevelopment, especially in low-income areas. It operates a monthly magazine, ARCHITECT: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects, that provides its members with business-to-business information in the architectural industry. The AIA is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has over 200 employees all over the world, as of 2016. To hold membership in the AIA, one must be a license architect in good standing and commit themselves to excellence and professional conduct in the workplace.