The History and the Current Structure of American Institute of Architects

American Institute of Architects is a non-profit organization for architects in the United States. It has headquarters in Washington, District of Columbia. AIA is currently headed by Robert Ivy as the EVP/Chief Executive Officer and Thomas V. Vonier as the president.

This institute was founded in 1957 by a group of 13 architects in New York with the aim of “promoting both scientific and practical perfections” and “to promote the architects and architecture as a whole.” The members of the original group included Charles Babcock, Henry Dudley, Henry Cleaveland, Edward Gardiner, Leopold Eidlitz, Fred A. Petersen, Richard Morris Hunt, John Welch, Richard M. Upjohn, Jacob Wrey Mould and Joseph C. Wells.

At the formation, AIA was headed by Richard Upjohn as the President, and then, later on, resolved to invite other prominent Architects which included Alexander Jackson and Thomas U. Walter. Later on, in 1857 they drafted the constitution and which was subsequently amended the following year. In 1967 they held their first convention in New York, and up to date, they have more than 90,000 members worldwide.

For one to be a member of American Institute of Architects, one has to adhere to the code of ethics and the professional conduct. It is to ensure that the architecture as a profession is promoted, assure the clients and the public of the quality services and also to make sure architects are above the standards regarding service delivery. In AIA the membership is divided into levels which include the Architect, Associate, International Associate, Emeritus and Allied Members.

The current structure of the AIA includes the Board of Directors, Strategic Council, Staff leadership and the Former Presidents. AIA President Thomas Vonier heads the Board of Directors, and the staff leadership section is led by the Robert A. Ivy who is the Vice President and the Chief Executive officer of the AIA.

Robert Ivy as an architect is devoted to strengthening the organization through education, community outreach, and the government advocacy. Under his leadership since 2011, AIA has encountered enormous growth and transformation. He has been in the limelight for repositioning the entire AIA into a proactive, influential and responsive organization which is among the goals of the AIA to ensure the creation of public awareness and strengthening the relevance of architects to the clients.

Before joining the AIA service, Robert Ivy was the Vice president and the Editor of McGraw-Hill construction and Editor in Chief of the Architectural Record magazine where he earned numerous awards including Premier Magazine Junior Award and the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence.