In 1996, Robert Ivy started as the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record. Soon after Robert Ivy took over as Editor in Chief, Architectural Record began receiving a multitude of awards, the most notable of which being the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, a premier magazine journalism award presented by the American Society of Magazine Editors. If all this success with his magazine was not enough, Robert Ivy was named “Master Architect” unanimously by the Alpha Rho Chi national architecture fraternity.
There are many benefits of joining a professional society such as the AIA, but access to field-related educational resources, immense networking opportunities, and the chance to strengthen credibility among colleagues and potential employers are paramount to potential membership.
Most professional societies posses a vast conglomerate of educational resources, which are useful for both new employees just breaking into the field, and those seeking additional guidance for an upcoming project. Having a large educational resource to reference will prove invaluable throughout your career, as the field is constantly changing.
Professional societies provide excellent networking opportunities throughout the year. Most host large conferences for their members, in which people make formal and informal connections that could potentially lead to job offers. In addition to increased job opportunities, professional societies such as the AIA provide a space for like minded individuals to come together and address some of the key issues that commonly affect the field.
Oftentimes, membership in a professional society can signal to potential employers your level of commitment to your field and your willingness to stay up to date with all the changes that occur. Additionally, the AIA has a code of ethics that each member must abide in order to retain membership. Employers know this, and adding a membership to a resume goes a long way in strengthening your credibility. These professional societies even offer leadership opportunities that members can take advantage of.