American Institute of Architects Takes On New Roles

American Institute of Architects Takes On New Roles

     The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is proud to cover a wider territory than just architecture and design. Social issues and public health now top their list, too.

Under the leadership of Robert Ivy, who assumed the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer in 2011, the American Institute of Architects aims not just to help maintain health through architecture but improve health, too. Are buildings getting enough sunshine? Are the buildings designed away from freeways? Are there stairs for those who wish to walk rather than take the elevator? Is there a space for vegetation? A big part of this new direction means collaborating with other professionals, and AIA is willing and open to this idea.

In addition to the creative design elements and architectural social issues that Robert Ivy tackles daily, he also manages AIA’s national office in Washington, DC, where he is responsible for the organization’s $56 million annual budget and 206 employees. He oversees AIAs chapters, too, which number over 300. The AIA is confident with Robert Ivy in his new role. Robert’s seasoned experience and leadership style will enhance the AIA, according to AIA’s 2010 President George H. Miller.

The American Institute of Architects began in 1857 as a means of embracing architects and providing them with an organization that would meet their needs, create a professional community, and provide professional guidelines such as licensing laws. The organization also served to promote architects in their community. AIA started with 13 architects. Today, it boasts a membership of more than 90,000 licensed architects and associated professionals. In joining AIA, architects must adhere to a code of ethics, follow architectural laws, and perform their job with high professional standards.

AIA’s Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy grew up in Columbus, Mississippi. He received a bachelor’s in English from the University of the South, in Tennessee. He then went on to Tulane University and earned a master’s degree in architecture. In 2009, Robert Ivy was awarded the Crane Award. He also garnered the American Business Media’s award for lifetime contributions to business media. In 2010, Alpha Rho Chi recognized Ivy as Master Architect.

In his professional career, Robert Ivy was editorial director and vice president at McGraw-Hill Construction. He was also editor-in-chief at Architectural Record. In 1992, Robert Ivy published a book on architecture entitled Fay Jones: Architect.

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