The American Institute of Architects is known as one of the oldest professional organization in the United States, being established in the 19th century. The American Institute of Architects was founded by 13 architects, with the primary objective of countering those who are posing as architects but do not have the skills for the task. Immigrants who brought with them fake documents have flooded the United States during the 19th century, and they are all demanding to enter the country with their fake profession because the United States back then were requiring more professional architects and engineers for nation building. The founders of the American Institute of Architects have thought that by requiring all architects in the country to become a member of the organization, instances of fraud would decrease. After the foundation of the organization, the headquarters was selected to be in Washington D.C., built in the same office as it is today.
Through the years, the American Institute of Architects have selected only a few individuals who would take the role as the organization’s leader. Robert Ivy was chosen to lead the organization in 2011 after the former head decided to step down. He was given two positions inside the organization – being the executive vice president, and the American Institute of Architects’s CEO. The role that was bestowed upon Robert Ivy is a testament as to how the foundation of the organization believes in his capabilities to become a leader. After he was chosen to become the organization’s leader, he immediately called upon his colleagues and told them how he wanted to lead the group. He presented to them his plans of improving the image of architects all across the country, and portraying themselves as someone who are responsible and law-abiding. He also stated that the organization will be zero-tolerant towards architects who are practicing in the United States and are involved in shady activities.
Robert Ivy spent his childhood in Mississippi, and he graduated from the Sewanee: The University of the South and the Tulane University, where he received his master’s degree in Architecture. Robert Ivy is known for his passion for portraying architects with optimism, and he live by the rule of the organization to improve the image of the profession in the eyes of the public. Today, Robert Ivy spend most of his time managing the organization from their headquarters in Washington, D.C., making sure that they are performing their profession with integrity and honor.