The American Institute of Architects (AIA) was founded in 1857 to promote the architectural profession by setting standards by which the professionals were to abide. It has undergone several changes over the years, and today, it has more than 90,000 members, most of whom are architects while the rest are associated professionals. The headquarters of the AIA are in Washington, DC and it has more than 260 chapters in various countries.

The AIA has been instrumental to the development of the architectural profession in the U.S. and beyond. Before the AIA, there were no set standards that architects were required to follow, and this meant anyone could pass as an architect. The AIA helps architects in many ways including sponsoring their education, conducting research on the market and trends in the industry that helps both practicing and emerging architects, and providing architects with resources to help them improve their skills.

Excellent leadership

Robert Ivy is the current CEO and executive vice president of the AIA. He has held these positions since 2011, and has been doing a great job at the AIA. Robert is an accomplished architect with numerous awards to his name. Some of these include the 2009 Crain Award and the 1998 McGraw-Hill Award. He was also named Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi in March 2010 for his great contribution to the profession. Robert Ivy has over three decades’ experience in the field and has worked with a number of architectural firms. He worked with Architectural Record, an architectural journal, as an editor for a few years and was able to grow the readership of the journal tremendously.

Over the 6 years he has led the organization, he has proven to be a valuable asset to the organization.Thomas V. Vonier is the president of the AIA, and together with Robert Ivy and the rest of the organization’s executives, they form a winning team and are providing the AIA with excellent leadership.


The role of the AIA in upholding the standards of the architectural profession cannot be gainsaid. For it to continue serving the professionals well as it has been doing since its establishment, it has to have good leadership who will continue to build its legacy. Robert Ivy and the rest of the executives at the organization are doing a great job at securing the future of the architectural profession. Robert’s passion for the profession is what enables him to do such a good job.

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