American Institute of Architecture Headed by Architecture Legend

     The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the largest professional organization for licensed architects in the United States. The organization was founded by a group of architects in New York way back in 1857 as the New York Society of Architects. The group felt there was a need for an organization that would vet professional architects because there was no standards as o who could call themselves an architect. In order to be a member one must have obtained a degree in architecture from an accredited college or university and have a current architecture license in his/her jurisdiction.

The AIA is based in Washington D.C and maintains over 200 employees there. There are also over 300 local chapters of the AIA across the United States, Asia, and Australia. The organization runs on a budget of over $55 million per year.

The Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of the AIA is Robert Ivy, who was named to the position on February 1, 2011. He has been a prominent member of the AIA for over three decades and bring years of experience as an editor and architecture critic for numerous architectural publications. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Architectural Record since 1996. The architectural Record is the premier monthly publication of the architectural community. He is also the Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media and their suite of architectural and construction publications. Overall, he has been the editor for over 30 publications.

Prior to his work with the Architectural Record, Robert Ivy was a practicing architect at Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy for nearly 15 years. Mr. Ivy has won numerous awards in the industry including the prestigious Crane Award for the American Business Media in 2009. The following year Alpha Rho Chi, the largest architecture fraternity, Robert Ivy was awarded the distinction as a “Master Architect“, for his contributions to the industry. He is also a senior fellow at the Design Futures Council.

Ivy is a graduate of Sewanee University of the South and holds a Master’s in Architecture form Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2001, Robert Ivy was the author of Fay Jones: Architect, the authoritative biography of Fay Jones, the apprentice of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

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