Now It's Time

The American Institute of Architects Then-and-Now

     AIA is a professional organization of Architects based in the United States that has a main office in Washington D.C. The organization caters to the continuous improvement of the architect profession as a whole by granting educational funds, sponsoring community improvement, initiating government collaboration and organizing public outreach programs to enhance the architect profession’s public impression.

Crane Awardee and acclaimed Master Architect Fellow AIA Robert Ivy, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects. Ivy is well-known in the architect industry as a staunch advocate of the architectural trade and line of work, on issues regarding social, political and environmental matters.

Aside from his educational achievements of having earned his Bachelor’s Degree and Master of Arts Degree from the University of the South and Tulane University respectively, Robert Ivy is also the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record from 1996 to the present; and Editorial Director and President of McGraw Hill Construction.

The American Institute of Architects was founded in 1857 by a group of architects, with the objectives of encouraging the technical prowess of its members and advancing the architect profession. Since there were no schools and licensing laws in the United States during that time everybody can assert that they are architects. In order to make the organization legal, they drew-up its constitution and by-laws on March 10, 1857.

The core group who pioneered AIA were: John Welch, Fred Petersen, Charles Babcock, Henry Cleaveland, Richard Upjohn, Leopold Eidlitz, Richard Morris Hunt, Edward Gardiner, Joseph Wells, Henry Dudley and Jacob Wrey Mould. Richard Upjohn was the very first president.

The group led by Richard Upjohn initially called themselves the New York Society of Architects. Thomas Walter from Philadelphia recommended that the name New York Society of Architect be changed to American Institute of Architects. The headquarters office then was situated in New York Avenue, NW, Washington D. C.

Ivy’s new position within the AIA will give rise to supervising the American Institute of Architects main office located in Washington D.C. where 206 individuals are currently employed; and the management of its annual budget which is estimated to be $56 million per annum. Other tasks will involve working closely with 300 chapters all over the country; promoting the value of architectural design; and doling out support to all AIA members stationed abroad.

George Miller FAIA and AIA 2010 President positively expressed that Robert Ivy is an excellent addition to the current management team, and his presence will certainly enhance the entire organization.