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The Bold Leadership of The American Institute for Architecture

Leading the helm of evolution in the architecture industry is The American Institute of Architects, or the AIA, President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy. Ivy has been a staple of the architecture for decades and has had been leading the prestigious American Institute of Architects since 2017 and he has done incredible things to help the industry evolve and keep up with rapidly changing trends in the industry.

Professionally, Robert Ivy has a Bachelor of the Arts in English from Sewanee as well as a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University. During his time working at Architectural Record the magazine was awarded with many publishing honors including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors, the Premier Magazine Journalism Award and 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards, among many additional honors.

Those who know Robert Ivy as an incredibly warm man who truly has made a tangible impact on the architecture industry. One of his main priorities for the industry is to encourage architects to have a vision for their work and career that spans beyond just the traditional roles of an architect. He believes architecture can successfully cross over with outside sectors to create a bigger impact. He also believes architecture can think outside the box and focus on everything from providing reconstruction in disaster relief situations to rebuilding communities that have long been in need of a revamp for better living conditions.

In a recent profile with Robert Ivy he cited several examples of how cross sector work can make lasting impressions on our country. He cited the concept of architects working with planners and parks to develop Central Park from a less than ideal part of the city with substandard housing to make it the gorgeous gem it is today that has driven up the value of areas near it at an incredible rate. He even noted that the development for Central Park was not even meant to be a recreational park, but it was developed as a way to improve the area’s public health. Learn more: https://dirt.asla.org/2011/06/22/robert-ivy-on-the-future-of-architecture/

He noted how important it was for architecture to contribute to public health issues. By taking into consideration how the design of buildings give people (or unfortunately take away) their open access to clean water, fresh air, sunlight or innovative solutions like patio gardening space they help contribute to the quality of life. Things are changing in the architecture industry and Robert Ivy is helping pave the path for evolution.