American Institute of Architects – Goals and Visions

     The AIA or American Institute of Architects appointed Robert Ivy as its CEO and Executive Vice President last 2010. Prior to his appointment with AIA, Ivy has already established himself as one of the leading prominent figures in the architect industry. He finished his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Sewanee University and earned his master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University.

The prestigious American Institute of Architects was founded by a group of architects in 1857 and was headquartered in New York City. The original group was composed of Jacob Wrey Mould, Joseph C. Wells, Richard Upjohn, Fred A. Petersen, John Welch, Henry W. Cleaveland, Leopold Eidlitz, Charles Babcock, Henry Dudley, Edward Gardiner and Richard Morris Hunt. The very first president was Richard M. Upjohn.

AIA was primarily known as New York Society of Architects but was subsequently changed to American Institute of Architects as per the suggestion of Thomas U. Walter. The new constitution was signed on April 15, 1857, and the constitution was amended the year thereafter. During the 1860s, architects from other states expressed their desire to join AIA, and soon chapters were established in Washington D.C., St. Louis, Rhode Island, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Chicago, Indianapolis, Boston, Baltimore, and Albany. In 2008, there were over 300 chapters of the AIA.

The AIA membership has five levels as follows: Architect Members – are professionals who are licensed by the United States licensing authority, and are allowed to practice the profession; Associate Members – are not allowed to practice architecture but can work under a licensed architect. International Associate Members – are members who have been licensed as architects outside the United States; Emeritus Members – are former AIA members who have been with the organization for 15 consecutive years, 65 years old, unable to work as an architect or incapacitated; Allied Members – persons whose work or professional careers are interrelated to design and building (engineers, planners, etc.)

In his role as the Vice President and CEO of AIA, Robert Ivy will be managing the main office of the AIA that employs around 200 or more staff and personnel. He will also coordinate activities with the chapters all over the country as well as with members who are posted abroad. His main objective would be to focus on practice and design issues, improve AIA’s voice on the value of design, and enhance the public awareness of architecture and architects.

Robert Ivy also held other prominent positions as follows: Architectural Record – Editor-in-Chief; McGraw Hill Construction – Editorial Director and Vice-President. He was also a managing partner of the Dean/Dale, Dean, and Ivy.

Ivy was given the Crane Award in 2009 and was recognized by Alpha Rho Chi as Master Architect in 2010. At present, he resides in Washington D.C.