The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional organization with its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and is for all architects in the United States. A group of thirteen architects founded the organization in 1857 in New York City. It was first named the New York Society of Architects then later changed to its current name. The AIA’s mission includes:
- Providing a centralized organization to represent the architectural profession and promoting good relationships, connections and camaraderie with other architects.
- Promoting artistic, scientific and practical trade of all members.
- Raising the standard of the architectural profession.
- Bringing all together to advance the art of being an architect.
In the 1880’s eleven chapters in other cities joined and AIA continued to grow. The headquarters in Washington, D.C. was completed in 1973, and by 2008, there were more than three hundred chapters. AIA now has ninety thousand licensed architects and professionals as members in five different levels of memberships. Students aren’t allowed to become members of the AIA, but they can become members of the American Institute of Architecture Students in various local and state chapters. Visit:http://conferenceonarchitecture.com/
Robert Ivy served on the Board of Directors at AIA in the 90’s then became CEO and Executive Vice President in 2011. He attended two universities, Tulane University and University of the South and received a Master of Architecture Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. Robert Ivy is known as being “warm, soft-spoken and wise”. He is passionate about the design segment of the industry, but wants the architect members of AIA to start thinking “outside the box”. He wants them to become more versatile by becoming involved in other areas such as public health and natural disasters. Robert Ivy would like to see buildings that are designed to encourage exercise by having access to stairs only, use building materials that are not harmful to one’s health, and he encourages involvement in social and political issues, as well. Robert Ivy is a member of many organizations, has written architectural journals and has been the recipient of many awards.
The AIA has recognized and honored many high achievers in the architectural profession. They hope to continue their outstanding outreach to all member architects by meeting their needs and interests with the continuing tradition of excellence they have been known to achieve. Read this article at ZDNET about Robert Ivy.