The American Institute of Architects (AIA) was founded in New York City in 1857. At the time there were no standards for what an architect did and what their educational background entailed. The AIA was created to both bring respectability to the profession as well as supporting the ongoing education of its members. Soon after it was founded additional chapters opened in cities across America. The headquarters of the AIA was eventually moved to Washington D.C. and it is located at 173 New York Avenue.
The current top executive of the AIA is Robert Ivy. He is the CEO and EVP of the organization. He was brought in to lead the AIA in February 2011. His background includes 15 years being the editor in chief of the industries premiere publication, Architectural Record. This publication is part of McGraw-Hill Companies. Robert Ivy was also a vice president and editorial director for Mcgraw-Hill where he led a number of other publications focused on architecture. Learn more about Robert Ivy at Steel Institute of New York
In 1969, Robert Ivy graduated with an English degree from The University of the South. In 1973 he started attending Tulane University. In 1976 he graduated with his masters in architecture. Over the course of his career he has been presented with a number of awards. The highest honor was when he was named a Master Architect in 2010, a designation that very few people have achieved. In 2009 he was given the G.D. Crain Award. This was presented to him due to his lifetime contributions to editorial excellence in regards to the work he did for McGraw-Hill Companies.
At AIA, Robert Ivy oversees an organization that has over 90,000 members and 250 different chapters. He helps the organization meet its mission of advocating for issues that are important to architects. He also has overseen developing robust education initiative in the industry, reaching out to the public, and advocating for the profession with the federal government.
Robert Ivy is also a published author. He wrote “Fay Jones: Architect” which is considered the definitive biography of this famed architect. The book has reached its third edition and continues to remain popular. He is also a public speaker and often talks at conferences to people outside the profession about the importance architecture plays in their daily lives.