New American Institute of Architects CEO Appointed

     Ever since 1857, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has been the most important organization looking after the industry and the professional concerns of licensed architects construction design professionals. The AIA Board has selected a new Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer, Robert Ivy, FAIA.

13 architects founded the AIA in New York City to promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members, and to increase the professional status of architects as a professional, enhancing their status. Richard Upjohn served as the AIA’s first president. At the time, there were no architectural licensing laws or dedicated schools of architecture. Anybody could claim they were a qualified architect. The group filed for incorporation, and kept inviting many more respected architects to join. Soon they established chapters all around the country. They currently have over 300 chapters.

Robert Ivy has long been a respected and influential architect. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record since 1996. He has served on the Board of Directors of the AIA since the 1990s. His long and distinguished career includes working as principal of Ivy Architects and as the managing partner of Dean/Dale, Dean and Ivy for nearly 14 years. in 2009 the American Business Media gave him the Crane Award for his outstanding lifetime contributions to business media. In 2010 the architectural fraternity Alpha Rho Chi recognized him as a Master Architect for his outstanding contributions in teaching architecture to the younger generation.

Robert Ivy will manage the AIA’s headquarters in Washington D.C. Carl Elefante, FAIA, serves as the AIA President. Over 90,000 licensed architects and associated professionals belong to the AIA. AIA members are required to adhere to a code of ethics and to high standards of professional conduct. The AIA wants the general public, and especially clients and colleagues of the high professional quality and caliber of AIA members.

The AIA’s highest honor is the Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) designation. Only AIA members who have made contributions to AIA and the profession at the national level are awarded the FAIA designation. Both Robert Ivy and Carl Elefante have earned this title. Ivy was elevated to the College of Fellows in 199. Just 2% of all members, 2,600, have earned this designation electing them to the AIA College of Fellows. The AIA membership is for architects licensed to practice within the United States. However, the AIA can designate prominent architects outside the country as Honorary Fellows of the AIA.

The AIA helps to improve and develop the professionalism of its members. It provides opportunities to continue their architectural education and development.

Robert Ivy earned his Bachelor of the Arts degree from the University of the South in Tennessee. He completed his Masters in Architecture from Tulane University in Louisiana.

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