Founded in 1857 the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a non-government organization {NGO}, represents architects from all over the United States. Originally located in New York City the AIA is now located in Washington DC and for 160 years the AIA has offered advocacy, education and community redevelopment in support of professional architects. Its current CEO is Robert Ivy and its president is Thomas V. Vonier..

The American Institute of Architects has a membership of over 90,000 licensed architects and they are held to a strict code of ethics and standards. The AIA recognizes outstanding members with honor awards specific to accomplishments across their careers. In 1911 the AIA introduced a magazine called “Architect” which is still published today. Open to all licensed architects the AIA also holds events across the country for training and educational purposes.

The AIA offers a program called Architectural Adventures and it features a small group travel program led by well-known architects to introduce members to an exclusive view of architecture across the world. Destinations include but are not limited to Portugal, Scandinavia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Romania, Poland, Cambodia and Japan. These immersive tours are focused on the unique architecture of the host country.

In 2011 Robert Ivy was named CEO of the AIA and he holds a Masters of Architecture and a BA in English. The award-winning Mr. Ivy is also the Editor in Chief of the Architectural Record and he sat on the panel that selected the architect to design the Dwight D Eisenhower Memorial. In 2001 Mr. Ivy authored a biography of Fay Jones. Fay Jones was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. The book ”Fay Jones: Architect” is now in its third edition.

Robert Ivy and the American Institute of Architects are passionate to bring about positive change. They strongly stress climate change, infrastructure and sustainability through the power of design. The AIA’s strong code of ethics is overseen by the National Ethics Committee appointed by the board directors of the AIA. The preservation of historic buildings throughout the United States and full college scholarships are offered by the AIA through the Architect Foundation. Best practice guidance is also offered by the American Institute of Architects in billing, home design, compensation and research. The AIA contributes expertise and experience to federal and local governments, the US Commission of Fine Arts, and the White House Advisory Board.

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