Understanding the American Institute of Architect (AIA)

     Robert Ivy was appointed the Executive VP and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on February 2011, an excerpt on the Steel Institute of New York reveals. The premier organization represents design and construction professionals and licensed architects working in the US. The Washington, DC based AIA operates on an annual budget of $56 million and employs slightly over 200 professionals. Prior to his appointment, Robert was the Editor of the Architectural Record run by FAIA; VP and Editorial Director for the McGraw-Hill Construction; principle with the Ivy Architects and Managing Partner at Dean/Dale, Dean and Ivy.

During his tenure at Record, the journal became one of the largest circulating publications in the US. At McGraw-Hill Construction, Robert oversaw the editorial quality of the organization’s numerous online and offline publications. Robert served at Dean/Dale, Dean and Ivy for close to 14 years. Following his stellar performance in advancing the architectural trade, he was chosen the recipient of numerous awards of excellence. The most prominent include the 2010 Alpha Rho Chi’s Master Architect and the 2009 Crane Award offered by the American Business Media. The latter is a lifetime award offered every year to honor personalities who make the greatest impact in the media industry.

The Alpha Rho Chi’s Master Architect, on the other hand, is a fraternity that mostly communicates new design ideas to up-and-coming architects and design professionals. The history of AIA dates back many years. According to Wikipedia, the AIA was established in 1856 to advance educational ideals and expand its outreach through government and community advocacy. In advancing its broader aims, AIA offers wide ranging resources to architectural professionals; conducts market research and offers critical analysis of economic factors affecting its vast pool of professionals. Currently, the number of licensed architects and professionals served by AIA is fast approaching the 100,000 mark.

AIA membership constitutes; Architects, Allied members, Associates, Emeritus members and the International group of associates. The members are required to ply their trade in accordance with set professional code of ethics and conduct. As the AIA CEO, Robert is tasked with directing organizational focus on design matters, promoting public understanding of architects and architecture and collaborating with the 300 chapters of AIA in the US and architectural interests overseas. In terms of education, Roberts holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English language from the University of South in Tennessee along with a Masters in Architecture from Tulane University in Louisiana. According to the Tulane School of Architecture, Robert Ivy also serves on the advisory panel of the following architectural schools:

  • Mississippi State University
  • Tulane University
  • Auburn University’s Rural Studio
  • School of Architecture at Tongji University in China