Robert Ivy has spent decades working in order to establish himself as one of the most prominent voices in the world of architecture. From his work as the Editor in Chief of the Architectural Record to his receiving the Crain Award in 2009, Ivy has done just about all that there is to do in the field. Now, Robert Ivy is looking to pave the way for future architects by working as the CEO of the American Institute of Architects. As the CEO and leader of the AIA, Ivy is in a special position where he can use his professional society in order to do plenty of good for the field of architecture.
The typical career path for most professional environments includes school, internships and job placement. However, this isn’t quite the case for architects. Architecture is a specialized field that is small and relatively hard to break into. Architects everywhere are always looking for a leg up in order to make it in their industry in their specific part of the world. In order to succeed in this field, Robert Ivy believes that joining a professional society can go a long way. With that being said, what is the role of a professional society and how can it impact the career of a burgeoning architect?
According to Robert Ivy, professional societies seek to impart the same kind of benefits as a traditional trade association. One of the most high-profile benefits is that professional societies like the AIA can serve as powerful political lobbying groups. Powerful is a subjective term, of course, because there is no big lobbying industry for architects so they have to take care of the work on their own. Ivy calls the AIA an ‘advocacy organization’ and his goal with the society is to make that a reality.
As well as being a great place to share career goals and enact legislative change, professional societies like the AIA work as wonderful resume decorations. Credentials from professional societies fit nicely on a resume and membership with the AIA will go a long way toward getting positive attention when applying for jobs.
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