13 architects looking to improve the public image and prestige of the architect profession founded the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1857. The organization quickly grew, because at that time anyone could claim to be an architect in America. There were no architect licenses or laws dictating who could and could not practice architectural design. In just under three years the AIA had spread throughout the United States and today consists of over 90,000 members, 250 chapters, and is present in five nations. The American Institute of Architects is a national organization that helps architects in terms of education, government recommendation, job searches and other services that enhance the standard and reputation of architects in America. It has a $56 million budget and over 200 full-time employees that Robert will guide into the future. Read more at archdaily.com to know more about AIA.
Robert Ivy must adapt to the ever-changing environment and fluctuating tastes and preferences of consumers. The trend toward more eco-friendly and sustainable designs will be a priority for Robert and the AIA to incorporate into their educational and promotional strategies.
Robert A. Ivy is currently the CEO and Executive Vice President of AIA. He has always emphasized the importance of the architectural profession to the wellbeing and growth of the American economy and its societies. Mr. Ivy has over 20 years of experience working with architects and architectural publications such as McGraw-Hill Architectural Record. Robert earned his Bachelors degree from Sewanee: The University of the South in 1969 and his masters in architecture from Tulane University in 1976. Anyone who has gone to college will know the name McGraw-Hill from all the textbooks and resources used in class. Robert Ivy was the Editorial Director and Vice President of McGraw-Hill and its Editor in Chief for its Architectural Record for 15 years. The Architectural Record is McGraw-Hills most popular journal and with Robert at its helm it became the most read Architectural journal in the world. View Robert Ivy’s profile at Tulane School of Architecture
Robert’s immaculate career and reputation led to many awards and recognitions including the Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity’s “Master Architect” designation, which is only reserved for the most outstanding and contributory individuals in the profession. In the fraternity’s 100 year history only seven architects have been given the name and only one this century, Robert Ivy. He also received the Crane Award in 2009, which is the top award given by the American Business Media.