The AIA, American Institute of Architects, is an organization formed with architects that provide support to the trade by coordinate community outreach, continuing education, professional development, and government advocacy. The American Institute of Architects also works with traditional construction and design contractors, and other industries that support their profession.
Membership has grown to more than 90,000. The Institute prides itself on having members that follow a strict code of ethics and adhere to servicing their clients with the highest possible professional standards.
The Chief Executive Officer is Robert Ivy. From the early 1980s through 1996 he was a principal at Dean and Dale an architectural firm based out of Jackson, Mississippi where he worked on innovation, technology, and cutting edge design and planning.
Ivy became the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record in 1996. Under his watchful eye, Architectural Record expanded to become a worldwide architectural resource. The American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence was given to Robert Ivy acknowledging his dedication to his field and remarkable achievements with the professional journal. Professional journals rarely receive this editor’s award.
Further along in his career in 2010, the Alpha Rho Chi, which is a fraternal organization that values the study of architecture along with architectural engineering and other related disciplines, named Ivy “ Master Architect”. Honoring him for his ability to clearly communicate the value of design, his colleagues unanimously voted for him. This positioned him as one of only seven who have received this vote. Robert Ivy is the sole architect that has ever been selected in the entire 21st century.
Currently, Ivy looks over the 90,000 plus AIA members. Membership has five tiers: architect members, licensed to practice architecture in the US; associate members, members who are not licensed architects but have earned degrees in architecture and assist licensed architects in professional manners or provide technical content; international associate, licensed outside of the US; emeritus members, having worked for at least 15 years concurrently in the field and now are over 65 and unable to work, and allied members, who work in related industries, such as community design, landscaping, and planning.
The American Institute of Architects, along with CEO, Robert Ivy, look forward to continued growth, community development, and contemporary education to further the advancement of the AIA and its members.