The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently named the individuals who will lead the organization and its membership in 2011.   

Clark D. Manus, FAIA, CEO of Heller Manus Architects, will serve as the AIA's 87th president. He was officially inaugurated into office on Dec. 17. Manus previously served the AIA as its national vice president and chaired the Board Advocacy Committee, the 2010-2015 Strategic Plan, and the AIA/USGBC Task Force. Manus emerged as a leader in community and urban design after the 1989 earthquake in San Francisco, where he practices, and he has continued to contribute in that sphere for two decades, chairing successive Mayoral Citizen Advisory Committees that led to the regeneration of older communities. Throughout his career, Manus has emphasized the importance of industry alliances and engaging emerging professionals in leadership.

During the inauguration ceremony, Manus spoke of the profession's need to promote the value and importance of design in creating balanced communities. He also advocated a broader approach to building design that considers existing communities and regional perspectives, rather than considering buildings as objects unrelated to their surroundings.

Editor-in-chief of Architectural Record magazine, Robert Ivy, FAIA, was appointed AIA's new executive vice president and chief executive officer, effective Feb. 1. Ivy has served on the AIA's Board of Directors since 1990 and has helmed Architectural Record since 1996. Ivy will manage the AIA's national office in Washington, D.C., and will direct the organization's focus on design and practice issues, enhance AIA's ability to demonstrate the value of design, and work to improve the public's understanding of architects and architecture, as well as collaborate with national and international chapters.

In an announcement, Manus acknowledged the economic challenges architects are facing and the AIA's responsibility in helping its members respond to emerging opportunities and providing resources that facilitate growth.

Earlier in December, the AIA announced the creation of a new position that will focus on building the profession's design and practice body of knowledge, naming Ken L. Ross, FAIA, FACHA, as the institute's vice president, design and practice. Ross, who will serve in the position on an interim basis, recently retired as senior principal and former president of Houston-based WHR Architects, a full-service architecture, interior design, and technology planning firm. Under the directive to provide programs and services that respond to the challenges AIA members face, now and in the future, Ross will consolidate the AIA's design and practice programs and will guide the team in coordinating strategic alliances, research, continuing education, and innovations in practice and project delivery.