The American Institute of Architects is the premier professional organization for architects living and working in the United States. Founded in New York in 1857. Its goal are to improve the public image and provide support, education, community redevelopment, government advocacy and public outreach. From the AIA headquarters in Washington, D.C., the organization works with its large and growing membership in its over 300 branches worldwide to help maintain high standards and coordinate the building industry through its design and construction teams.
Prior to the establishment of the AIA, anyone could claim to be an architect. The American Institute of Architects helped to set the professional standards and level of education and training required before a person can claim licensed membership in the profession. In 2010, the AIA board named famed architect, writer and editor Robert IVY, FAIA CEO and executive vice president of the organization. He took over leadership of the AIA in February 2011. A dedicated AIA member, in the 1990s Ivy was on the organization’s board. He has long advocated for architects on important social, environmental and political issues that affect the build environment.
After graduating from Tennessee-based University of the South with a bachelor’s degree and from Tulane University with a master’s in architecture, Robert Ivy went on to have an illustrious career. He was Dean/Dale, Dean and Ivy’s managing partner and Ivy Architects principal for 14 years and in 1993 became an AIA College of Fellows member. In 1996, Robert Ivy was hired as Architectural Record’s editor-in-chief. Under his leadership the publication won dozens of awards and became the world’s most widely read architectural publication. In 2009, American Business Media gave Ivy the Crane Award for lifetime contribution he made to business media. It’s their highest honor.
The architectural fraternity Alpha Rho Chi unanimously named Robert Ivy Master Architect in 2010 for his work in communicating to a new generation the value of architectural design. Ivy was only the 7th person bestowed that designation in the fraternity’s 100 year history. As AIA CEO, he has collaborated with the organizations members worldwide to demonstrate the value of design, focus the organization on design and practice issues and enhance the AIA’s voice and ability to improve the understanding of architecture and architects by the public.
The combination of Robert Ivy’s industry experience, passion for the profession and leadership style has enhanced the AIA’s value and effectiveness.