The American Institute of Architects is a United States organization that offers support for professional architects. This support comes in the form of government advocacy, education, community redevelopment and public outreach programs. While the AIA was founded in New York City, its headquarters is now in Washington DC. Robert Ivy is the current CEO of the American Institute of Architects.
Beginning in 1857, the American Institute of Architects was build up from nothing by thirteen prominent architects who believed in growing the practical perfection of future members. One of the original thirteen members, Richard Upjohn, served as AIA’s first president. Their numbers quickly grew as sixteen more people were invited to join only a few weeks after the institute’s first session. In March of the same year the American Institute of Architects wrote its own bylaw and formed its constitution that all members would have to act by.
The institute flourished and continued to accept new members. Even architects from other cities began to ask if they could join. Due to its, chapters began opening up in major cities all across the United States. Currently, there are over three hundred chapters of the American Institute of Architects. To accommodate the ever expanding number of members, the original New York City location went though several renovations before it was decided to move the headquarters to Washington DC. There was a design contest to find an architect to build the new site, but the winner failed to earn the United States Commission of Fine Arts’ approval.
In 2011 the American Institute of Architects acquired a new CEO and Executive Vice President, Robert Ivy. Ivy has decades of experience by both working as an architect and being a member of the AIA. Under his leadership Ivy has strengthened the AIA by increasing public outreach, advocacy and education so that other members can help current and future clients handle the changes that architecture faces.
Robert Ivy not only manages the almost 100 thousand members of the American Institute of Architects, spanning across hundreds of chapters, he also has brought the AIA into the modern age. He has done this by helping build a digitally based technology infrastructure, improving member decision-making by streamlining governance and increasing public awareness though an award-winning campaign. Ivy has brought great pride to the American Institute of Architects and made it responsive, proactive and influential for both members and clients.