Well-Respected Non-Profit Organization: The American Institute of Architects

    As a well-respected non-profit organization with an impressive, storied past, The American Institute of Architects has a long-term focus on stressing the importance of areas of sustainability and health care for designers and architects.

With a long, storied tradition and history as a non-profit organization, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), has been in existence since 1857 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. Originally founded by 13 architects the AIA has a total of 90 thousand members. The AIA also has 260 unique chapters, which are located worldwide.

AIA believes in promoting the value of architecture and providing its architects with the resources that they need to be the best at their jobs. In Robert Ivy’s position as president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AIA, he believes in guiding his fellow architects to think above and beyond their fields and to focus on areas of sustainability and public health issues. Ivy hopes for a future where architects and designers develop structures that address and solve current roadblocks involved in public health and design.

Robert Ivy believes strongly in the mantra that architecture can have a deep impact on a plethora of different areas of concern. Whether that design or architecture is targeting a solution to a disaster relief scenario or improving health, the modern philosophy of AIA is to focus on non-traditional, out of the box thinking and designing. Mr. Ivy noted that design projects, which focused on addressing issues of the public health date back to the swamp draining of Washington, D.C. He also stated that the Olmstead design of Central Park in New York did as well.

At an important Clinton Global Initiative’s meeting in September of 2012, the AIA declared their commitment over a ten-year span to generate solutions and additional programs that focused on public health, sustainability, and other areas of long-term concern, like natural disasters occurring in urban areas. AIA pledged to assist universities and research grants.

In addition to Robert Ivy’s impressive work history, his educational resume includes a Masters of Architecture earned at Tulane and a Bachelor’s of Arts (cum laude) degree in English awarded by Sewanee: The University of the South.

Robert Ivy’s work history includes years of experience as an executive, writer, editor and critic. In addition to the role as a critic for many national publications, Robert Ivy was principal at Dean & Ivy and Dean/Dale. Mr. Ivy accepted the role of Editor in Chief at the Architectural Record. Under the tutelage of senior editor Robert Ivy at Architectural Record, they earned many publishing honors in its niche industry.