The American Institute of Architects was established by a team of architects in 1857. The group’s membership has grown to over 90, 000 with a group of 300 state and local members who offer guidance to members. The AIA is headquartered in New York City and has 200 employees who are in permanent employment. The primary aim of American Institute of Architect is to develop public, client and colleagues’ confidence in the architect’s competence and dedication to work.
The AIA meet its objectives through information, community, and advocacy. They offer education programs to help their members maintain their licensure. The AIA allows interns and young professionals to get prepared for the market by exposing them to the environment that they will get when employed, they also offer referral services.
American Institute of Architects has the following activities in their annual plan.
Make several web resources available to the future architectural professionals.
Set the industry standards with most of their contract forms being used in construction and design industry.
Do a market research on factors that affect architecture as a business.
Work as an advocate in the architect industry.
Award the members who achieve the highest level of professional excellence.
About Robert Ivy
Robert Ivy is the current CEO of AIA. Robert worked for several organizations before joining the American Institute of Architects. He was the chief editor at Architectural Records the body that he contributed to its growth to become one of the widely read architectural journals. Robert joined AIA in 2011 and has ever since worked hard to bring back the AIA legacy of being responsive, proactive and influential organization.
Robert’s primary objective when he joined AIA was to streamline AIA’s governance, launch a public awareness campaign, and build a digital technology infrastructure. Among other several achievements that Robert has managed at AIA is his effort to prepare young professionals to be aware of the current pressing issues such the importance of design on the public health sector, sustainability, and climate change.
Alpha Rho Chi in 2010 honored Robert for his commitment and effectiveness in communicating the value of design. He was among the seven architects who received the award from Alpha Rho Chi fraternity who also named him ‘Master Architect.’ Before this honor Robert Ivy in 2009 received the coveted Crain Award which is the American Business Media’s highest award for an individual. Robert has a long list of awards from different organizations and also shares some honors with big names in the architect industry such as Dr. Nathan Clifford Ricker, John Wellborn Root among others.