Who’s One Of The Oldest Professional Organizations In The United States? The American Institute of Architects

     The American Institute of Architects was founded in 1857 after 13 architects convened to protect the integrity of the field of architecture.

In order to rightfully claim to be an architect, a designer must be formally registered with the American Institute of Architects. There are currently over 90,000 architects throughout the United States, formally known as architect members, and denoted by the initialism AIA.

Robert Ivy has been the Chief Executive Officer since 2011, and also serves the AIA in the role of Executive Vice President. He first attended Sewanee, The University of the South, in earning a bachelor’s degree in English. Mr. Ivy then went to Tulane University and got a master’s degree in Architecture.

Ivy has been the recipient of several awards throughout his career. He is the only architect to have been named a Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi, the national fraternity of architecture in the United States, in the 21st century. Mr. Ivy is one of only seven people to have been handed down this award in the more than one hundred years Alpha Rho Chi has been around.

Mr. Robert Ivy has also been the editor of Architectural Record, a magazine on architecture and design that’s distributed throughout the United States and most parts of North America. He started his career as Editor in Chief of the magazine in 1996. Later, he became Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, a conglomerate of media publications that all regard architecture, buildings, and other pieces of stationary equipment around the world.

He is trusted by many others in the community of architecture. Several years ago, Robert Ivy helped compile the information for and write a biography about Fay Jones, someone who got to learn directly from Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the top architects in the United States in modern days.

He helped win several awards for Architectural Record, including 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards.

Alongside the other 90,000 members enrolled in the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy has helped grow the group into being one of the largest professional organizations in the United States.