The American Institute of Architects is the premier architectural organization in the world. The AIA incorporated in 1857 when a group of 13 architects met in New York and established as its goal to “form an organization to promote architects and architecture.” New York created the first chapter of the AIA followed shortly after that by chapters in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Boston.
Since those humble beginnings, the AIA is now an organization that boasts 90,000 members in more than 250 chapters in the United States including three U.S. territories, Europe, and Asia. Last year, AIA celebrated its 150th anniversary at its annual convention in New York.
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The AIA is at the forefront of architecture in the world because it has its hands on the pulse of emerging trends in design. The leader of the AIA is Robert Ivy, the executive vice president and chief executive officer. Robert Ivy, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects since 1993, is passionate about architecture. Under his inspired leadership, the AIA is positioned as a leader in the field of architecture through its advocacy, through promoting connections between architecture and public health and social justice issues, and through designing structures that use solar energy to reduce the effects of global warming.
Robert Ivy and the AIA realize the importance of designing aesthetically pleasing structures. They also want functional and environmentally friendly structures as well. Robert Ivy and the AIA have launched a 10-year commitment to designing structures and urban spaces that promote public health and safety.
When Robert Ivy was named the executive vice president and chief executive officer in 2011, Robert stated, “The AIA is a stellar organization, one that I have always been proud to be a part of. The brand represents the highest standard of design and professional ethics.” Robert Ivy has worked tirelessly to increase the visibility of architects and designers and to solidify AIA as the top global architectural organization.