The American Institute Of Architects

The reason for the foundation of The American Institute of Architects was to promote the scientific and realistic perfection of its members and elevate the profession’s standing. Its birth was conceptualized and brought to being by thirteen architects in 1857, in New York. The founders included Henry Cleaveland, Charles Babcock, Leopold Eidlitz, Henry Dudley, Richard Morris Hunt, Edward Gardiner, Jacob Wrey Mould, Fred A. Petersen, John Welch, Joseph C. Wells and Richard M. Upjohn, who was the then president.

Before American Institute of Architects was established, there weren’t any architecture schools or laws that governed architecture licensing. Anyone could claim to be an architect. As a group, they drafted by-laws and a constitution and named it the New York Society of Architects. The constitution was signed by all members right after they had filed for a certificate of incorporation. Architects from other cities wanted to join, and by 1880s, eleven cities had been incorporated.

A competition was held in the 1960s to come up with a new architectural design for AIA headquarters, which was won by Mitchell/Giurgola but, unfortunately, the United States Commission of Fine Arts did not approve of its concept. It was later redesigned and approved in 1970. In 2007, to mark its 150th anniversary, the building was named the American center of Architecture.


AIA has a membership of over ninety thousand architects and associated professionals, all who adhere to its code of ethics and professional conduct. There are five levels of memberships.

• Architect members.

These members are licensed, by a licensing body in the US, to practice architecture.

• Associate members.

These members are not licensed to practice but work under a professional architect’s supervision. They should be enrolled in a university program, have a degree, or are interns working towards licensure in the profession.

• International associate members

These members have an architecture license, or its equivalent, from a body outside of the US.

• Emeritus members.

These members should have been members of the AIA for fifteen consecutive years, at least 65 years of age and are not in a position to practice the profession.

• Allied members.

These members work in professions that are related to architecture, for example, engineers, planners, landscape architects, etc. This type of membership is as a result of the partnership between AIA and American Architectural Foundation.

The institute’s most prestigious honor is the Fellow of American Institute of Architects, which is awarded to members whose contributions are of national significance to the profession. Only 2% of its members have been able to get to such great heights.

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Robert Ivy Has An Important Job

Working as the Executive Vice President and CEO of an institution such as the American Institute of Architects is an important job, and it is something that Robert Ivy takes seriously. Not everyone would be up for that type of a job, but Robert Ivy is more than prepared to take on all that he must do each day.

He was named the CEO of the American Institute of Architects in 2011, and he has worked hard at that job since then. He knows that the job that he has is one that is special and that there are many who would love to have it, and he works hard to earn his place as the Executive Vice President and CEO of a large institution.

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Robert Ivy had other jobs before he started to work for the American Institute of Architecture. He started to work as the Editor in Chief of the Architectural Record in the mid-nineties. This was a job that he focused on and one that he succeeded at. This was a job that drew all of the attention of Robert Ivy, and it is one that he handled in a smart way. While he was working for the Architectural Record, Robert Ivy grew the publication to become one of the architectural journals read more than any other in the world. The work of helping the publication become popular was not easy to complete, but it was something that Robert Ivy did, just the same.

Robert Ivy is someone who has written a book and published it. His book is an authoritative autobiography and it is something that many have read. Robert Ivy has a passion for sharing with the world through writing, and that pushed him to write the book that he wrote. The biography that Robert Ivy published is titled “Fay Jones: Architect”. This book was published in 2001, and it focuses on someone who received a lot of attention for the work that he completed. Robert Ivy shared the information that he had garnered about Fay Jones so that others could learn all that he had learned. Robert Ivy had an important job in writing the book, and he took it seriously.

Robert Ivy attended Sewanee: The University of The South and received his bachelors of arts degree in English. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he went on to get his master’s degree from Tulane University in Architecture.

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