American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional organization for architects based in the United States. The headquarters of the organization are in Washington, D.C. It was founded by 13 architects in 1857 with a primary objective of improving the scientific and practical skills of its members. The organization promotes its public image by focusing on government advocacy, education, public outreach and community redevelopment. It is also involved in the building industry where it coordinates its activities with the design and construction team. Part of AIA mandate is to monitor legislation and regulations and participate in decision making by the state and local policymakers.
AIA has more than 90,000 members. The members have a code of ethics and professional conduct they are required to follow to ensure the profession maintains high standards of practice. Membership is divided into five levels, which include architect members, associate members, international associate members, emeritus members, and allied members. AIA mentors young professionals through an intern development program, exam preparation courses, and employment referral services. AIA honors outstanding achievements by its members.
About Robert Ivy
Robert Ivy is the Chief Executive Officer of AIA while Thomas Vonier is the president. Robert is also the editor in chief of architectural record, which is one of the best architectural journals in the world. The journal has earned many honors under his able leadership. He is the vice president and editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media. Robert has overseen 33 publications in both print and digital editions.
Robert was actively involved in the design of the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. He believes that architecture can have a severe implication in disaster relief and improve health. Robert is of the view that non-communicable diseases can be avoided through proper architecture. He also believes that buildings can encourage exercise through design. An example is designing a building where people will have to use stairs. Robert Ivy is also a senior fellow of the design futures council. Robert is passionate about design and focuses on access to sunlight, clean water, and fresh air when designing buildings.
In 2010, Robert was named master architect by the national architecture fraternity for his role in sensitizing the importance of design. The honor is essential because Robert is one of the few people who have received the recognition in the last 100 years. He is also the only architect from the 21st century to receive the honor. Robert believes in teamwork; hence, he is keen on collaboration with other professions.