The American Institute of Architects: Ready to Meet the Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

     In 1857, thirteen architects came together to form the American Institute of Architects with the goal of promoting good design. The group advocates in both federal and local governments in order to promote good infrastructure, public spaces, and quality in affordable housing. It accomplishes these goals by working with member architects on contract projects, offering professional programs for beginning architects, and even hosting design competitions. The organization has numerous chapters and resources available to assist architects all throughout their careers. The organization is dedicated to the advancement of architecture throughout the country and uses a multitude of resources to advance its cause.

Currently, Robert Ivy is the Vice President and CEO of the AIA, and he has held this role for the last seven years. But that isn’t his only experience working for the AIA, having served on the board during the 90’s. This is only one of his many prestigious roles. In 1996, Robert Ivy became editor in chief of Architectural Record, and he also holds the position of Vice President of McGraw-Hill Construction. He still holds these positions today. In 2010, the Architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi recognized him as a Master Architect for all of his work in publishing and media for Architecture, just one of many honors he has received.

The American Institute of Architects has over three hundred chapters across the entire United States, and in his role as CEO Robert Ivy directs all of those groups. He directly oversees over 200 employees and a budget of $56 million. Robert Ivy works out of the National Office in Washington DC. He joined the organization after the recession, amid a difficult time in the industry. And at the time of his appointment, Clark Manus (President of the organization in 2011) announced his goal that Ivy assist in the growth of the organization. Robert Ivy announced that he was “committed to the profession and the success of our members and their practices in this transformed economy.” His lifelong dedication to the distribution of information on architecture makes him an excellent choice to uphold the goals of the American Institute of Architects.

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