Junk Land

A lot about nothing

American Institute Of Architecture Gets An Internationally Known New Leader

     Ever since its founding in 1857, the American Institute Of Architects has been a powerful voice advocating on the behalf of architects. Today, it’s the leading organization representing the interests of architects as well as design and construction professionals nationwide. The AIA has helped to bring order, structure and respect to a profession that had no recognized licensing system or school created specifically to train architects when the organization was founded. Now there is a recognized curriculum and licensing procedure one must follow to be recognized and respected as an architect.

When the AIA first met in New York in 1857, there were only 13 members. The organization is now more than 90,000 members strong with over 300 chapters spread throughout the United States and around the world. The AIA now has five membership levels. They are Architect members, Associate members, International associate members, Emeritus members and Allied members. Respected architect, writer and editor Robert Ivy was selected to take over leadership of the AIA in 2010 as chief executive and executive vice president. Ivy is a long-time AIA Board of Directors member and advocate for architects on crucial environmental, social and political issues.

A University of the South graduate with a degree in English, Robert Ivy got his masters in architecture at Tulane University. After serving as an Ivy Architects principal, then spending 13 years with Dean/Dale, Dean and Ivy as managing partner, Ivy was hired by Architectural Record in 1996 as editor-in-chief. The publication went on to win dozens of awards and was widely read worldwide. He also worked with McGraw-Hill Construction as vice president and editorial director and ran their many design and construction publications at a very high level.

In 2009, Robert Ivy was given American Business Media’s premiere recognition, the Crane Award. Top architectural fraternity Alpha Rho Chi named him a Master Architect in 2010. The membership of the AIA is excited about Ivy running the organization. He has vast management experience and has had success wherever he has gone. Everyone anticipates great things with Robert Ivy working from Washington, D.C. at AIA headquarters with a $56 million annual budget and a 206 man staff.

Robert Ivy is expected to address design and practice issues, make the AIA’s voice more powerful and improve the public’s appreciation and understanding of architecture and architects. He called the AIA a stellar organization with the highest standard of professional ethics and says he proud to be a long-time member. The AIA is a valuable resource with a powerful message about the importance of design. Ivy is committed to making the organization and its members successful. The AIA will benefit from Robert Ivy’s vision, passion, experience and leadership style.

For more, see