The American Institute of Architects is a professional body of the entire nation’s leading architects. The organization offers advocacy, education, outreach campaigns and community development in order to improve architecture as a profession. It is headquartered in Washington D.C and headed by Robert Ivy as the CEO and Thomas Vonier as its President.
AIA Founding History
AIA was founded in 1857 in New York City by 13 architects to promote scientific perfection among its members. The pioneer group included among others Charles Babcock, Edward Gardiner, Henry Dudley, and Fred Peterson among others. Richard Upjohn served as its first President.
The team met for the first time on 23rd Feb 1857 and invited Thomas Walter, Jackson Davis, and Calvert Vaux. AIA wanted to prevent quackery in the building profession as well as establish licensing laws for the architectural profession.
Memberships at AIA
The organization has over 90,000 registered architects and related professionals. The members adhere to anestablished code of conduct, aimed at ensuring dedication and professional quality for clients, the public and even institutions of government.
The following are the levels of memberships:
- Architect members-licensed to practice architecture in the U.S
- Associate members-they are not licensed but work under the supervision of an architect. They are people earning credits towards licensure.
- International associate members-those that hold an equivalent license similar to the one of the U.S.
- Emeritus members have been members for more than 15 years. They are at least over 65 years
- Allied Members-those whose professionals are related to architecture i.e design, engineers, planners and research firms.
Honors and Awards
- The AIA Gold Medal in Architecture
- Architecture Film Award
- The ACSA Topaz Medallion in Architectural Education.
Architect Robert Ivy
Ivy was born in Columbus Mississippi. He attended Sewanee University for his undergraduate degree in Architecture and proceeded for his master’s degree at Tulane University. He is currently heading the American Institute of Architecture as the Chief Executive Officer.
Awards and Achievements
- G.D Crain Awards for editorial excellence, 2009
- Master Architect Award by Alpha Chi (2010).
- MPA Awards for Website of the Year in 2008.
- Editors National Magazine Award
Other National Roles
Robert Ivy was a juror in the team that picked anarchitect, Frank Gehry. Gehry designed the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. He was also a principal at the Deal & Dale as well as the Dean & Ivy publications.
He once served as the Editorial Director for the McGraw Hill Construction and doubled up as the Editor-in-Chief of Architecture Records from 1996 to 2010.
Crowning the Architect of the 21st Century
Robert was voted unanimously as the Master Architect by the Alpha Rho Chi. He shares this designation with Dr. Clifford Ricker, John Wellborn, Ludwig Mies, and Cass Gilbert among many others. He lives in Washington D.C.