As CEO and executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robert Ivy leads a professional organization that is encouraging architects to think beyond aesthetic deign. For example, he sees architecture as a means to improve public health by ensuring buildings encourage walking up a flight of stairs and offering occupants plenty of sunshine.
Robert Ivy works at the AIA’s national office in Washington, D.C. He manages more than 200 employees and overseas a $56 million annual budget. He directs the AIA’s focus and serves as a spokesperson, helping the public to understand architects and architecture’s value to society. Ivy also works with the 300 AIA chapters in the United States.
When Ivy was appointed CEO and EVP of AIA on Feb. 1, 2011, he brought a wealth of experience to the job. Robert Ivy worked at Ivy Architects and Dean/Dale/Dean and Ivy and he served at editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media as well. A University of the South and Tulane University graduate, Ivy is a fellow of AIA, the Philippine Institute of Architects and the Institute for Urban Design. In 2009, Ivy won the Crane Award for his work in business media. In 2010, Alpha Rho Chi, an architecture fraternity with a 100-year history, named Robert Ivy a Master Architect.
Ivy authored The Architecture of E. Fay Jones in 1992, which was recognized by the Art Library Society of North America. When he took over as the editor in chief of the Architectural Record, the magazine soon became the most popular architectural journal in the world and it earned numerous industry awards.
When the economic downturn occurred, architects changed with the times. There were fewer calls for dazzling homes, architects had to change their approach. Robert Ivy believes sustainability is the future of architecture. Besides making buildings more eco-friendly, architects are designing buildings that can stand up to extreme weather events. At a meeting of the D.C. Chapter of the AIA, Ivy said that, “This is now our accepted way of working.” As architectural designs adapt to climate change, new buildings will stand up to assaults from earthquakes and flooding, possibly saving lives.
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