Robert Ivy Explains Why People Should Join The American Institute of Architects

Robert Ivy of the American Institute of Architects recently went over some of the perks of joining a professional organization like his. He is the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the AIA. He says that professional organizations such as his can link people to educational, networking, and job finding opportunities.

Professional organizations like the AIA offer tons of educational resources made available through their websites, webinars, and newsletters. The AIA also has staff members who research architectural issues and make this information available to its members. This information is invaluable to people just starting out in the construction industry. Robert Ivy says, as well as veterans of the industry who need to get caught up on the latest information. Find out more about Robert Ivy at

The AIA has a big annual event each year where hundreds of thousands of architects and related professions meet. This is a great opportunity to network and build industry contacts, Robert Ivy relates. You can make informal connections with people during the happy hour they have during this convention and more formal connections by attending educational meetings and workshops.

The AIA can also help people find jobs in the construction industry. They have an online job board on their website that lists available positions across the nation. They also hold job fairs where people looking for work can meet people from companies that are hiring face to face.

Since Robert Ivy took over the top role at the AIA he has made public health a big focus at this organization. He wants to help cities design better solutions for sustainability, public health, and being resilient to natural disasters. He says that the health of humans and the environment should be the mainstay of the architecture mission. He launched this effort in 2008 at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting. The name of his speech was, “Designing for Impact” and he articulated his vision to over 1,000 global leaders.

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