Most of the architects working in the United States belong to the American Institute of Architects, an organization founded in the 19th century. The AIA is considered as one of the oldest professional groups in the country, and they are still operating today to ensure that the architects working in the United States are protected. They also act as an ethical body which provides punishment for architects who will be breaking the law. Robert Ivy is the organizations’ chief executive officer. He also serves as the organization’s executive vice president. He was promoted to the position in 2011 when the senior officials decided to step down because of their old age.
Under the leadership of Robert Ivy, the AIA was put in a positive light, and their reputation as an organization was well-received by the public. Robert Ivy made efforts in transforming the image of the architects, explaining to the public why they are important, and what their contributions in building a nation are. He is also responsible for the increasing number of architects who wanted to become a member of the AIA. What the organization head did was to show the benefits of joining the AIA, and because of the advantages of being in a professional organization, architects showcased their willingness and interest to become a part of the growing professional organization.
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According to Robert Ivy, the members of the AIA would have numerous perks, such as educational resources, networking opportunities, job hunting assistance, industry interests, and reputable credentials. Architects who wanted to pursue a master’s degree or a doctor’s degree could rely on the members of the organization for reviewing materials that would help them gain additional knowledge on their subjects. Members of the AIA would also have the chance to build their connections in the architectural industry, making it easier for them to find jobs and projects where architects are needed. Being a member of the AIA would also assure that one would be benefiting from any law changes lobbied by the members of the professional group for the benefit of its members. Robert Ivy said that those who wanted to become a member of the AIA must submit the requirements, and he also referred them to their office in Washington D.C.
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