The American Institute of Architects (AIA) was founded in 1857 by a team of architects in New York City. Over the years, the professional organization has focused on advancing community development, government advocacy, education and public outreach for purposes of promoting architecture and improving its public image. AIA works closely with other construction and design professionals to coordinate operations in the building industry. The entity has a membership of over 90,000 licensed architects and associated experts. AIA’s code of ethics assures the public, colleagues, and clients of an architect’s commitment to the highest standards in professional practice.
Robert Ivy serves as the chief executive officer and executive vice president of the America Institute of Architects. Under his leadership, the organization has managed to transform its services in the 21st century. Robert seeks to re-position AIA as a responsive, influential, and proactive institution. His primary goal is to increase public awareness on the value of all architects. He is celebrated for improving decision-making, spearheading an award winning public awareness campaign and promoting innovative technology in the industry.
While seeking to address today’s pressing issues, Robert focuses on maximizing AIA’s resources and equipping architects for their role. The visionary leader addresses issues of the effect of different designs on public health, sustainability and climate change. Before joining AIA, Robert served as Architectural Record magazine’s Editor-in-Chief. In addition, he was the editorial director and president of McGraw Hill Construction. Robert helped Architectural Record to receive several publishing industry awards, including the Magazine Editors National Award, which is the premier magazine journalism award. The award was attributed to the professional journal’s overall excellence. Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity, recognized Robert for his effective communication of design value.
Under Robert’s exemplary leadership, AIA has been able to offer professional development opportunities to its members. It also provides design and construction industry model contract documents, personal benefits, client-oriented resources and information on design services. While contributing to their communities and profession, members of AIA take part in different initiatives such as urban and regional development, design, and professional academies that serve as the focus and source of new ideas.
Over the years, AIA has been honoring organizations and individuals for their excellent performance in support of the profession. Some of its honorable programs include Architecture Film Award, AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion awarded for architectural education excellence, and AIA Gold Medal. Besides being the author of “Fay Jones: Architect,” a definitive biography, Robert frequently speaks to common audiences on the meaning and role of architecture in their lives.