On February 23, 1857, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) was established in New York City. It was started by a group of thirteen architects who then invited sixteen other professionals to join them. It was designed to be a professional organization designed to support architects.
Based now in Washington DC, the AIA provides public outreach, instruction, advocacy, and community redevelopment to help architectures and their profession. In 2008, it was reported that AIA included more than three hundred chapters in various cities in other United States cities.
Within these three hundred chapters of the AIA, over 90,000 professionals including licensed architects are part of the organization today. The five areas of membership in the American Institute of Architects include the following: architect, associate, international associate, emeritus, and allied members. Visit this website at washington.org about AIA
Architect members are the United States licensed architects. Associates are the unlicensed individuals who have a degree in architecture, teach architecture or interns to professionals. International associates are the architects who are authorized by a country besides the United States.
Members who have been members for at least 15 years and are over 65 years old are considered emeritus members. Allied members are the professionals related to build and design such as engineers and landscape architects.
Currently, Robert Ivy is the CEO of the AIA organization. He started his career at Sewanee: The University of the South with a BA in English. He continued his education at Tulane University getting a Masters of Architecture.
Robert Ivy’s first passion is building, designing, and constructing beautiful masterpieces of design. However, he also believes architects need to see beyond the world of architecture. These beliefs lead him to become the executive vice president and chief executive officer of AIA in 2011.
With these roles, he hopes to have an impact on a variety of areas of life. These areas include solutions to disaster relief and public health in disasters. While being in these positions, he has tried to change the AIA to operate efficiently in the 21st century. Learn more at Crunchbase about Robert Ivy
This change includes making AIA a more proactive and responsive organization. This change and his hopes of an impact directly influence the course of the company. This course of action encourages architects to be prepared for a role in today’s issues.
These issues include climate, sustainability, and the effect of design on health. Robert Ivy continues to fight for change while he gives frequent speeches to audiences discussing the meaning and role of architecture in today’s society.