In 1857 a collective of architects launched the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in New York City. Their aim was to develop a coalition of and for architects, related partners, and associates.
What Does The AIA Do?
The AIA is fully committed to furthering the advancement of the science of architecture. Its members adhere to an elevation of practice that is appreciated. In fact, within a couple of years of its inception architects from across the country were inquiring about membership into the AIA. They currently have over hundreds of chapters and over 90,000 members all over the nation.
Now headquartered out of Washington D.C. the AIA offers its members services, knowledge, and support. The AIA extends various resources to ensure striving members accomplish their professional goals. Among the many perks of membership are the educational sponsorships for the benefit of its members and the AIA community as a whole. They even have a progressive magazine entitled “ARCHITECT: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects” with countless articles on every aspect of the subject.
The Voice of Architecture
Beyond producing buildings and structures AIA understands the dynamics behind the beauty. Analyzing and experimenting with every aspect of architecture from financial costs to possible environmental ramifications. And from influencing the government and the construction sectors to hosting conferences, seminars, and talks AIA is the voice of the profession.
What Are The 5 Different Membership Tiers Of The AIA?
- Architect members (AIA)
- Associate members (Assoc. AIA)
- International associate members
- Emeritus members
- Allied members
Who Is At The Helm of AIA?
Robert Ivy became the EVP/Chief Executive Officer of the AIA in February of 2011. He has amassed an impressive collection of awards and accolades, but who is this man who Alpha Rho Chi once labeled a “Master Architect”? Robert Ivy was born in Columbus, Mississippi. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Sewanee University and went on to attend Tulane and obtain his master’s degree in architecture.
Mr. Ivy has over 20 years of related experience as a vice president and editorial director of McGraw-Hill. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record of McGraw-Hill Companies.
One of the key skills of successful architects is the ability to manage huge teams — whether a building is eventually built or not — from the seed of a concept to financing to construction to measurement of the building’s success. – Robert Ivy