The American Institute of Architects is an organization that was formed for professional architects in the United States. The headquarters of the organization is in based in Washington. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) governs advocacy, provides education, and engage in community development programs. It works with other agencies to assist the building sector. AIA was formed to give professional architects a chance to meet, and discuss ways of positively influencing the society. Robert Ivy is the head of AIA, and oversees daily operations. He is tasked with ensuring that everything is in order, to help members reach their goals.
Through Robert Ivy’s leadership, AIA has achieved most of its goals. The organization was started in New York, before being moved to others states. The original aim of the group was to encourage practical and scientific excellence of its members, and improve the profession. Its founders saw it fit to bring together their colleagues to find ways of sharing ideas. Richard Upjohn was the first President of the organization was founded and helped give direction to new members. After their first member, founders decided to invite other prominent architects to be part of the group. They invited people like Jackson Davis, and Calvert Vaux. Read the article at ZDNET about Robert Ivy
Before AIA was established, there were no rules guiding the field, and anyone could claim to be architects. However, when the organization was created, it gave directions and qualifications of becoming an architect. It restored order to the field that had lost splendor. Members started by drafting a constitution in 1857 to guide operations. The organization was called New York Society of Architect, but Thomas Walter proposed that the name be changed to AIA. The new constitution was signed in April 1857, although the mission was amended later. The new mission was to promote scientific, artistic, and practical profession of its members, enable good fellowship among members, and to improve the standards of the field.
The organization wanted to expand efforts of architects to improve the profession. Over time, members increased, and they could discuss ideas and meet set objectives. Over 90000 professional architects are members of AIA. Robert Ivy was named the CEO of AIA in 2011. He holds a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University. He started his career at an early age, thereby enabling him to acquire experience that helped his career. In 1996, Ivy became the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record. Learn more:https://dirt.asla.org/2011/06/22/robert-ivy-on-the-future-of-architecture/