The Birth of the American Institute of Architects

Founded in New York City by a group of thirteen architects in 1857, the American Institute of Architects was meant for the promotion of the scientific and practical side of the architectural profession as well as to prove the professionalism of its members, elevating their social standing in the community. Anyone who wanted to claim to be an architect could do so in the times preceding the founding of the American Institute for Architects, because in the United States at that time there were no architectural schools or licensing laws.

The American Institute for Architects has its headquarters in Washington D.C. The AIA is all about giving support to architects as well as elaborating on the public’s image of the architectural profession. Providing educational resources, governmental advocates, community reinforcement and a public outreach.

As with any newly formed organization, it was necessary for a constitution and by-laws to be drawn up in which named the organization the New York Society of Architects. Only after a recommendation by Thomas U. Walter, a former president (1877-1887), did it become the American Institute for Architects. The founding members signed the constitution and new by-laws on April 15, 1957.

In the mid-1960s AIA held a design contest in search of an architect to design the new headquarters; Mitchell/Giurgola won that contest, however it would all come to naught when he was unable to get an endorsement of his design by the United States Commission of Fine Arts. It was then decided that “The Architects Collaborative” (TAC) would re-design the new building. Two of the TAC principals, Norman Fletcher and Howard Elkus led this design team in which a new building would be completed in 1973. The 150th anniversary celebration in 2007 would once again rename the building to the “American Center for Architecture” making it the new home to the American Institute of Architecture students, The Association of Collegiate Architecture Students, and the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

.Robert Ivy was named the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute for Architecture in 2011, in which he is also the Executive Vice-President. Robert Ivy earned his Masters of Architecture from Tulane University as well as his Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) majoring in English from Sewanee: The University of the South.

His career began when he was selected in 1996 to become the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record in which under his guidance grew to be one of the most read journals in the world. He also became Vice-President and Editorial Director of “McGraw-Hill Construction Media.” He was also a part of the panel in which made the selection of architect, Frank Gehry to design the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.

With his education and career history, it seems fitting that Robert Ivy be named current CEO of the American Institute for Architecture. Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/topic/organization/american-institute-of-architects

Bob Reina and Leading a Successful Business by Example

When businessman Bob Reina speaks on what has inspired him to become successful, it is not the usual story heard among entrepreneurs. Reina’s career did not begin with a financial windfall or immediate. In fact, Bob Reina personally built his own success from old-fashioned work skills and an engrained knack for marketing. It was also the feeling of being limited and desiring to accomplish more that led Reina out of law enforcement and into cutting-edge communications.

 

Bob Reina is the founder and CEO of Talk Fusion. The company was established in 2007 and specializes in video marketing for the modern age. Reina has over 20 years of experience being involved in direct selling and marketing, so the creation of Talk Fusion was the perfect way for his creative visions to manifest. He is particularly enthusiastic about the direct selling industry because it is a mutual effort to succeed where all parties can benefit.

 

Even as his achievements are celebrated through awards and publications, Bob Reina constantly stresses the importance of the team of individuals he works with. When asked about any recent purchase that has contributed his business’ success, Reina is quick to dismiss material purchases and instead praise the IT and marketing professionals on his team.

 

Before Bob Reina was involved in the creation of Talk Fusion, he spent over ten years serving as a police officer. Reina studied at the University of South Florida and, upon completing police academy, ended up graduating at the top of his class. He had the benefit of a steady paycheck, but his passion for entrepreneurship eventually led Bob Reina to take a major risk and start down a new career path.

 

Although Reina does have a natural talent for being a business leader, his success is also due to his work ethic and dedication to whatever he pursues. Talk Fusion is the prime example of Reina’s tireless efforts, as the company directly stems from his own inspiration in 2004 when he realized the need for better video communications. At home in Florida, Reina is also an inspiration to the community. He is involved in multiple charities and is a Board Member of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Learn more: http://inspirery.com/bob-reina/