American Institute of Architects: The Leading Advocates for Architecture Profession

     American Institute of Architects is a leading organization recognized for architects in the United States. It was established in New York in 1857 with the aim of spearheading both scientific and practical professionalism of its members. AIA’s headquarters are based in Washington D.C and is headed by Thomas V. Vonier as the President and Robert Ivy as the Chief Executive Officer.

Some of the services offered by AIA include government advocacy, education, public outreach and community development. The leading organization which was founded by thirteen architects boasts a membership of about 90,000 licensed architects and associated professionals. There are levels of membership in the AIA such as the Architect members, Associate members, International associate members, Emeritus members and Allied members.

Every year the American Institute of Architects acts as a host of the annual AIA Conference on Architecture. The AIA has gained recognition on numerous occasions for its unending commitment to the architecture profession. Some of the awards it has won include the Architecture Firm Award, AIA Topaz Medallion for Excellence, AIA Gold Medal, Twenty-five-year award, Institute Honour Awards for Interior Architecture, Institute Honour Awards for Architecture, Institute Honour Awards for Regional and Urban Design.

About Robert Ivy

Robert Ivy is the current Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects. He is a proud owner of a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of the South and a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. Before working for AIA; he was the vice president of editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction. He also served as the editor-in-chief of Architectural Record. During his reign, Architectural Record scooped several awards namely: the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, trade journal distinction and the 26 Jesse H. Neal Award for magazine journalism. Ivy received the G.D Crain Award in 2009 for his influence in editorial excellence in business media. Furthermore, in 2010, Alpha Rho Chi recognized him as the Master of Architect.

Under the leadership of Ivy AIA has made tremendous efforts towards achieving a 21st-century architecture profession. He was also at the forefront of two critical investigations on the future of architecture practice and the duty of architects in the society. Ivy has held other key positions such as the U.S commissioner at the Venice Architecture Biennale. He is the author of “Fay Jones: Architect,” a book which was praised for having recommendable standards of scholarship, production, and design.