American Institute of Architecure Has Storied History

The American Institute of Architects is one of the oldest professional organizations in the United States. It was formed by a group of New York architects in 1857 and they called it the New York Society of Architects. The name was changed shortly thereafter so that it would be more inclusive of all architects. The need for a professional organization was apparent because, at the time, anybody could call themselves an architect. Over time, only licensed architects who had graduated from an approved architecture program could become a member of the organization. That tradition continues today and architects must hold a current architect’s license from their state.

The AIA currently has over 300 local chapters across the United States, with a few scattered in Europe, Australia, and Asia. The organization has its headquarters in Washington D.C. at the American Center for Architecture. Their official monthly publication, ARCHITECT: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects, is published by local publisher, Hanley Wood. There are over 200 full-time employees of the AIA that work in Washington. The Vice President and CEO of the AIA is Robert Ivy, who was named to the position in 2011.

Robert Ivy is one of the most well-respected architects and architectural publishers of the past 30 years. As the Vice President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Ivy is charge with promoting and progressing the art of architecture in the United States and abroad. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Art from The University of the South and a Master’s degree in Architecture from Tulane University.

After graduating from Tulane, Robert practiced as an architect for 15 years as a principal at the firm Dean/Dale, Dean, and Ivy. While at the firm he also became involved as an architectural critic for numerous publications. In 1996, Robert became the Editor-in-Chief at Architectural Record, where he would lead the publication to a number of industry awards including 26 Jesse H. Neal awards. In 2001, Ivy wrote the authoritative biography of Frank Lloyd Wright assistant Fay Jones, titled Fay Jones: Architect.

Currently, Ivy is the Vice President and Editorial Director at publisher McGraw Hill Construction Media. He is a Senior Fellow at the Design Futures Council.

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