Headquartered in Washington, DC, the American Institute of Architects is over 90,000 members strong, and currently has over 260 chapters worldwide. The organization was founded in 1857 by 13 architects. The agency currently works to provide member architects with the knowledge, tools, and contacts to advance their careers.
There are a number of topics that AIA focuses on. These include building codes, careers, communities, matters of design, global practices, sustainability concerns, and the entire business of architecture. It was in 1966 that Robert Ivy became the organization’s Editor in Chief. He is responsible for helping grow the world’s most widely read journal on architecture.
He is currently the CEO of AIA. He feels that today’s architect is in the process of expanding their abilities and offerings. They have a great deal of potential. They may even take on the role of becoming “creative consultants” that offer advice to a range of industries as time goes on. Their expanded roles may help spur demand for design and building. Even business schools across the nation are beginning to embrace the concepts and benefits of design thinking. At best, architects will develop new skills and insights to solve problems in creative ways.
During 2018, some of the country’s most creative and talented architects will represent their firms in New York City. The conference will take place on June 21-23, 2018.
Under Ivy’s leadership, the public is far more aware of the AIA’s mission now as well. The organization has a sterling reputation for being responsive, proactive, and influential in the building industry. Perhaps, it’s most notable accomplishment is that the public is much more aware of an architect’s relevance. AIA is also instrumental in helping architects address climate change and its impact on public health.
Robert Ivy is a wise and soft-spoken person who can elaborate on any subject dealing with architecture. From urban architecture innovations to software programs to assist architectural design, he is an individual with an ability to tie it all together. Architecture is far beyond simply designing and building. AIA encourages architects to think far beyond any confines and to bring creativity to their field and area of expertise. Ivy does an excellent job. Under his leadership, the organization should continue to grow and thrive.