The American Institute of Architects: Advocating for Public Relevance of Architecture While Driving Professionalism in the Design and Construction Industry

The American Institute of Architects is a Washington D.C-based professional body of architects and other associated partners that is redefining the design and construction industry. It was founded in 1857 by a group of 13 architects with the aim of supporting architects in their profession as well as to keep the profession relevant in the industry. The organization achieves its mission through public awareness, education, and advocacy.

Members Benefits

AIA has been very helpful to its members in several ways. It helps them maintain their licenses by sponsoring them to further their education. The upcoming architects benefit from the unlimited resources relevant to build their careers from the organization. AIA also ensures that the members are always abreast with the happenings in the construction and design industry particularly the economic status for their businesses. Through awards programs available at the organization, architects are compelled to give their best and maintain excellence in their works.


AIA has reached greater heights with the help of experts such as Robert Ivy. He took up the leadership in 2011 and has since worked relentlessly to see the organization become influential and responsive in its activities. He has adopted modern technology in the firm to enhance smooth running of operations. He is also credited for aligning the administration that has enhanced decision -making processes. Ivy is a former student of The University of the South where he graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He then proceeded to Tulane University for his Master of Architecture graduating in 1976.

About Robert Ivy

Robert Ivy started his career in 1981 as a Principle for an architectural firm, Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy. He left the company in 1996 to join Architectural Record as the Editor in Chief. He was very instrumental to the company in his 14 years tenure there, growing the architectural journal to an award-winning level. Among the honors that the journal received under his leadership include the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence and the premier magazine journalism award. The same duration, Robert worked for McGraw-Hill Construction as the Vice President and Editorial Director. In 1996, he joined the American Institute of Architects where he is currently working as the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer.

Throughout his career, Robert has received several recognitions for his impressive work. The awards include the Crain Award by the American Business Media. He was also named the Master Architect by the National architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi.