Since 1857, the American Institute of Architects has grown to become the voice of architecture in the United States and the world. The original 29 members established criteria for promotion of the art and science of architecture that live on today. It is interesting to note that none of the originating members would have qualified as an architect by today’s standards because there were no formal schools of architecture or architectural licensing laws at the time.
The American Institute of Architects has grown to become the largest voice of architectural education, professional conduct, and promotion of diversity in architecture in the United States. The organization publishes the most read publications concerning architecture. The American Institute of Architects presently employs over 200 full time employees at its campus in Washington D. C. and across the world.
One of the major facets of the work of the American Institute of Architects is assisting governments in the selection of architectural designs for buildings and cities.
Robert Ivy is the present Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects and has held these positions since 2011. Ivy is an accomplished author, editor, and architect. Ivy is the recipient of the Crain Award, American Business Media’s highest individual honor.
The U. S. national architectural fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, unanimously selected Ivy as a “Master Architect” in 2010. The honor was bestowed on Ivy for his ability to effectively communicate the value of design in architecture. Ivy’s biography of Euine Fay Jones is considered to be a masterwork in explaining how architecture communicates to the lay public.
Ivy is credited with bringing the role of architecture in the lives of people to the most prominent position it has ever had in media and in government.
The American Institute of Architects has been at the forefront of change for the last 160 years. The organization has boasted a membership that includes the designers and architects of every famous building in the United States.
The American Institute of Architects is presently addressing many of the more pressing problems that face the nation. Many do not realize that architecture impacts their lives in very unique ways.
The redevelopment of inner cities, redesign of protection from floods and hurricanes, design of more humane prisons, and the development of environmentally safe production facilities are only a few of the projects that architects are presently engaged in.
More importantly, the American Institute of Architects has set precedents of change. The organization opened doors for people of color and women to enter the field of architecture and excel in the field. The development of people in terms of education and opportunity is possibly the most important achievement of the American Institute of Architects.