The American Institute of Architects (AIA) was first founded all the way back in 1857, making it one of the oldest professional organizations in the United States. It was founded by a group of thirteen architects who wanted to establish a standards-based group for the industry, as prior to its formation, anyone could claim to be a architect. AIA’s goal is to offer support, education, resources, and other things that are meant to support architects and further the profession. Originally dubed the “New York Society of Architects”, the group was quickly given its current name. In order to be a member of the AIA, one must be a licensed architect in the United States and must adhere to a strict code of ethics. This ensures that they are dedicated to provide their clients with the highest quality and standard of work.
The AIA is headquartered in Washington D.C. and is made up of over 90,000 members across the country. Aside from the organizations Board of Directors, the AIA employees over 2,000 people in full-time positions and has offices in Asia and Europe as well. In 2010, the AIA named Robert Ivy its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Vice President. Ivy is an architect with over 30 years of experience, who holds a Master’s in Architecture from Tulane University (New Orleans) and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Sewanee: The University of the South.
Robert Ivy is the author of many architecture periodicals and articles, making him well-known as an industry expert. He wrote the 2001 biography of Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentice, Fay Jones, that is titled, “Fay Jones: Architect”. Ivy has served as Editor in Chief of the Architectural Record, Vice President and Editorial Director at McGraw Hill Construction Media, and served as on the panel convened to name an architect for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. Prior to his time at the Architectural Record, Robert Ivy spent 15 years as a principal for Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy. He has been an acclaimed architectural critic for a number of years, making him one of the most respected minds in the industry. Visit:http://www.zdnet.com/article/qa-robert-ivy-ceo-the-american-institute-of-architects/