The AIA’s Robert Ivy Explains How Joining A Professional Association Can Be Great For Your Career

Robert Ivy of the American Institute of Architects outlined a number of reasons that one should join a professional association. They can help people advance their careers in a number of ways, he says, including education, networking, getting a job, and collecting credentials. He is the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the AIA, a professional association for architects and affiliated professionals. Read more about Robert Ivy at Tulane School of Architecture website.

He was a student at Tulane University and earned his masters of architecture there. Earlier he had graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South. Before taking over the AIA in 2012 he had been an executive and editor in chief at McGraw-Hill Construction Media. Robert Ivy spent the first 15 years of his career at Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy where he was one of the principals.

One of the best things about professional organizations, Robert Ivy says, is that they provide a wealth of educational resource, quite a bit of it original content that was researched by staff. This information can help everyone from those just starting out in their chosen profession to those who need to brush up on the latest information.

Almost all professional organizations hold annual conferences. Attending one is a great opportunity to network with others, learn things in workshops, and find out about open positions. Robert Ivy says that one reason these are great is that you can have an open conversation with your peers who likely share the same issues that you do.


Another way a professional organization can help people advance their careers is through collecting credentials. Belonging to one of these makes a professional look more credible to others. You are showing that you are committed to your profession and have high standards for what you do for a living. If you win industry awards you can put these on your resume which definitely helps it stand out.

Robert Ivy says that in most situations it is pretty obvious which association you should join. However, with some professions, you do need to make a choice. One of these more complicated professions is accounting which has over nine national societies to pick from. Visit Archinect to know more about Robert Ivy.

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