According to the American Society of Associations and Executives, there were more than 90,000 registered trade and professional associations in 2010. These have on only increased and so have their numbers in the subsequent years. Robert Ivy’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) stands as one of the biggest beneficiaries of the swelling membership.

Ivy further believes he knows why the membership has shot up. The institute’s Chairman and Chief executive officer attribute the increased membership reported by most associations to increased awareness on the benefits of joining these organizations by professionals. These benefits include:

Boosted credibility

Robert Ivy argues that most employers and businesses and seeking to engage architects and other professionals on permanent or contractual are now turning to their affiliated associations. They give preference to professionals allied to a given association. In effect, individuals understand that registering with a trade or professional organization boosts their credibility and increases their chances of landing a job opportunity.


Access to educational materials

Trade and professional associations exist for different reasons. They are charged with the responsibility of partnering with other institutions like the educational centers to in setting training and operational standards. Some will also conduct industry research regularly and being their members up to speed on current trends and possible technological and policy disruptions.

Associations with a national or statewide outlook like Robert Ivy’s AIA will also lobby on behalf of their members on matters taxation and operational policies. Professionals understand that by registering with these associations, they have front row access to the benefits that the lobbying and industry research yields.


There is only a limited number of architects across the country and even fewer numbers in some states. Employers understand this phenomenon and thus prefer advertising architectural openings within their organization internally or through professional association’s regional outposts. Non-registered architects, therefore, end up missing most opportunities.

By joining a professional association, Robert Ivy argues that you open yourself up to a world of possibilities. You not only get to benefit from job and contract gigs advertised through your local chapter but also get to grow your networks across the state and beyond. In effect, you get to learn about the different opportunities as soon as they arise.

About Robert Ivy

He studied in Tulane University and University of the South. He is a renowned architect. He received many awards like Crain Awards and Master Architect. HE currently won Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award.

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