How The American Institute Of Architects Promotes The Profession

One of the oldest professional organizations in the United States is the American Institute of Architects (AIA), established in 1857. In the 19th century people who had no business calling themselves an architect did so, bringing disrepute to the profession. The AIA was formed by a group of 13 architects in New York City who wanted to clean their profession’s image and establish professional standards all of their members adhered to. Soon there were chapters in many other cities around the United States such as Boston, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and St. Louis among other cities.
The AIA is now headquartered in Washington D.C. They continue to advocate for those in their profession and it presently has over 90,000 licensed architects and professionals from associated professions as members. They have five levels of membership that members can apply for depending on their skills and experience.
The AIA is  led by Robert Ivy who is the CEO and EVP. He earned these roles in February 2011 due to his vast experience in the industry. He attended The University of the South where he earned a bachelor of arts in English in 1965. His master’s degree in architecture was earned in 1976 when he graduated from Tulane University.
Robert Ivey attained his most prominent position to date when he joined McGraw-Hill Companies in October 1996. He was responsible for the globe’s leading architectural journal, Architectural Record. He also oversaw many of their other publications such as Greensource, Engineering News Record, and Record in China among others. He stayed with Mcraw-Hill until 2011 when he left to join the AIA as its top executive.
One of the most important things an architect can do, according to Robert Ivy, is to use their designs to promote safety, health, and welfare for its occupants. He says that many people in the industry don’t really think about these issues because it’s told to them so much it just becomes a blur. He has come up with new terms to drive these points home so that architects are always mindful of these issues. For example, he’s dropped the part about “welfare” and now calls it “well-being” and encourages others to do likewise.

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