Way back in 1857, 13 architects created the predecessor of the American Institute of Architects in New York City. Their goal was to promote the practical and scientific perfection of their members, and to also elevate this profession’s standing. Prior to this time, anyone could claim to be architect. There were no governing laws, specific educational requirements, architectural license qualifications or ethical standards in place to oversee the architectural field. From that humble beginning, this organization now has over 300 associated chapters. While considered a national group, this organization does mainly focus on U.S. architectural interests.
Today, the organization is based in Washington DC, and the current CEO is Robert Ivy FAIA. He headed the Architectural Magazine, which is the official magazine for professional architects, answering to the AIA. He began his career with the organization in 1996, and achieved success, first by leading the magazine to expand broadly, and then by winning many prestigious awards for his forward-thinking work. He was named “Master Architect” in 2010, one of just 7 architects to be given this honor since the current organization’s founding 100 years prior. He is also distinguished as the only architect given the title in the 21st century.
Robert Ivy is an accomplished architect known for his unique ability to convey the essential value of design. He has authored a biography about “Fay Jones: Architect,” who was an important American architect, best known for being Frank Lloyd Wright’s loyal apprentice. Ivy has been the CEO of AIA since 2011. He continues to promote the betterment of his beloved profession, and his organization provides the voice for this worthy purpose. Their mission still remains much the same as back in the 1800’s. Now there is a revered architectural school, and many students now learn under competent educators. They also are taught the history of their profession, and the standards of practice to which they will be held accountable.
The public can trust when someone calls himself an architect because of the AIA’s profound work to enforce certain ethics, practice standards and education. The organization works within the community to promote their values and betterment of American building interests. When certain building laws are up for debate, the American Institute of Architects speaks up on behalf of all professional architects. Today, many Americans enjoy beautiful architecture in every city across the country. The organization hopes to see sustainable housing increase.https://www.aiadc.com/about