The American Institute of Architects is headed by Robert Ivy who is the CEO. It is a specialized body for American architects.

Some of the functions of the professional body include:

  • Providing education.
  • Public outreach.
  • Community redevelopment.
  • Government advocacy.
  • Elevate the architecture career.
  • Improve the public image of architects.
  • Co-ordinating with other individuals of the building, construction and design fraternity to improve the building industry.

The professional organization was formed in 1857 when 13 architects came together. Their main aim of forming the organization was to elevate the architecture profession and to elevate its practicality. The professional body set the standards of the architecture industry which had been invaded by quacks. They first called themselves the New York Society of Architects because the body was formed in New York City. However, it later changed its name to American Institute of Architects after Thomas U. Walter suggested it. The AIA headquarters is at 1735 New York Avenue in Washington D.C. The body also owns The Octagon House. In addition to this, the building also houses the Association of Collegiate Schools, National Architectural Accrediting Board, and the American Institute of Architecture Students. It has a membership of over 90,000 architects who are licensed and professionals of associated professions.The president of the NGO body is Thomas V. Voiner. However, the whole body is governed by a Board of Directors and it has over 200 permanent employees.

The association has a standard code and a professional conduct that all the members adhere to. There are various levels of memberships which include:

  • Associate members.
  • Architect members.
  • Emeritus members.
  • International associate members.
  • Allied members

The Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) is the most prestigious stage of membership. Architecture students who wish to join the professional body are referred to the student’s body called American Institute of Architecture Students.


Robert Ivy is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the professional body of architects. In addition to this, he was also the Architectural Record Editor in Chief. He was able to grow the architectural journal immeasurably.  Under his leadership, the magazine was able to get numerous accolades in the publishing industry sector. Robert Ivy was also awarded numerous awards in the publishing industry for his role in the magazine.

Robert Ivy has also been a critic of numerous architecture publications. He has also been a principal at Dean/Dale, Dean, and Ivy. Moreover, he has been a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council.