The American Institute of Architect Building the Industry

Before 1857, anybody could claim to be an architect. There was nobody to regulate the industry or ensure professionalism among the architect. This gap led a group of thirteen professionals to come together and form the American Institute of Architects. The aim of the body was primarily to protect its members and at the same time give assurance to clients that they are dealing with professional. AIA has its headquarters in Washington and has employed approximately two-hundred people and has almost three-hundred chapters locally.


Currently, the American Institute of Architects has over ninety thousand associate professionals and licensed architect as members. There are five categories of membership in the body.

  • Emeritus members are at least sixty five years and have been members at AIA for fifteen years or are currently not able to practice architecture due to different reasons.
  • Architect members have licenses to practice architecture from the United States licensing authority.
  • International associate members have permits from an authority outside the U.S.
  • An Associate member has either done a degree in architecture, are interns earning credits in architecture or are faculty members in a university architecture program. They are not licensed to practice on their own and should work under a licensed architect.
  • Allied members are members of a partnership between AIA and the American Architectural Foundation. They are professionals whose work relate to building and design companies or communities.

AIA helps members maintain their license by sponsoring continuous education. The body also hosts an annual conference and does market research on the effect of the economy on its industry. The American Institute of Architects acts as the advocate of architectures and provides web-based resources for them.


About Robert Ivy

Currently, Robert Ivy is the CEO of the American Institute of Architects, and he is also a registered architect. Before joining the AIA in 2011, Robert worked at McGraw-Hill as the Vice President. At the same time, he was the Editor in Chief at McGraw-Hill Companies. Robert Ivy studied Bachelor of Art in English at the Sewanee, the University of the South; he later went to the Tulane University and pursued a Master of Architecture. Alpha Rho Chi named Ivy the Master Architect in 2010; in 2009, he was also awarded the G.D. Crain Award for lifetime contributions to editorial excellence in business media. Robert Ivy is among the renowned architects in the United States and does a great job leading the body that protects other architects.

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