Robert Ivy, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), recently took up the prestigious post of Executive Vice President/ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Institute of Architects. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is one of the most distinguished institutions of professional architects. From a mere 13 employees in its foundation year of 1857, the AIA currently boasts of a membership of more than 90,000. The core values of the AIA represent fairness, inclusiveness and a responsibility towards the sustainability of the environment. The AIA holds its members to the greatest ethical standards. This institute also provides continuing education initiatives through its design and performance courses. The AIA also aims to increase the awareness among the public about architecture, design and its role in daily life.
Robert Ivy graduated from the University of the South in Tennessee and received his post-graduate degree in architecture from Louisana’s Tulane University. He is a prolific author and has published a biographical book on the architect Fay Jones in 1992. He has also functioned in an editorial role for the Architectural Record and Mc-Graw Hill Construction. He is responsible for increasing the circulation of Architectural Record to large numbers and driving the publication to award-winning levels.
Robert Ivy has received several prestigious awards, including the Crane award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the American Business Media. He has also been hailed as Master Architect by Alpha Ro Chi. The designation of Master Architect is a rare one, and Robert Ivy is the only person selected in the 21st century for this honor. He provides expert opinion to the boards of several architectural educational institutions such as at Mississippi, Tulane and Auburn. Robert Ivy is an invited speaker at various forums and often talks about the impact of architecture in changing lives. Further, he has been a part of many boards such as that of the AIA and International Circle of Architecture Critics. In the past, Robert Ivy has played a vital role in improving the infrastructure of the AIA as well as its governance. He also initiated an awareness program for the public which won an award as well. His futuristic thinking for the AIA involves planning initiatives to integrate architectural goals with environmental sustainability. He also focuses on the influence of architecture on the health of people.
Robert Ivy will oversee 206 employees in his new role as CEO of AIA and will overlook the judicious annual allocation of 56 million dollars. He will take over as chairman at the headquarter of the AIA in Washington. His key focus areas are conception and implementation concerns as well as represent the voice of the architectural community to the public. Robert Ivy also works in collaboration with about 300 divisions of the AIA throughout the country as well as offshore. His leadership and expertise are valued greatly by the AIA and will take the organization from strength to strength.