Robert Ivy; CEO of the American Institute of Architects
The American Institute of Architects was founded in the year 1857 by a group of architects. These thirteen architects wanted to create a forum in which they could learn more about their profession and increase their scientific and practical prowess. So they came up with a professional organization that they named the New York Society of Architects and named Richard Upjohn, one of the thirteen, the president of the organization. Later that year, they decided to expand the group and invited 16 other architects to the group. This was when the name was changed to the American Institute of Architects officially. Once the institute started attracting more and more membership requests, they came up with a vetting process that they would use to determine who could be a member. The headquarter was then relocated from New York to Washington DC in the year 1735 in order to make it more centralized.
Currently, the Institute boasts of being one of the oldest existing professional organizations and one of the largest as well. this is because the institute currently has more than a hundred thousand members who are all licensed and prominent architects in the United States. The head of the institute is currently Robert Ivy who was appointed to this position in the year 2011 after years of being an active member.
About Robert Ivy
Robert Ivy has a degree in Biology and English from the University of the South as well as a Master’s degree in Architecture from Tulane University. For decades, Robert has been combining his love for literature and architecture to build a career in literary architecture. He has worked as an editor at the Architectural record as well as the McGraw Construction media among other organizations of a similar kind. He is the current CEO and president of the American Institute of Architects.
Benefits of being in a professional organization
According to Robert Ivy, one of the main perks of being in a professional organization is the chance to network. Other benefits include access to educational materials, job hunting opportunities and sharing similar interests with other members. This is why professionals in all varieties of industries are striving to be part of such a forum