Robert Ivy, the CEO and Executive VP of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 2011, is dedicated to highlighting the role architecture plays in modern society. The recipient of Crane Award, Mr. Ivy was the first architect in the 21st century to be recognized by Alpha Rho Chi as a Master Architect.
Through the use of community outreach and education, Robert Ivy has shown a commitment to helping architects find work materially changing current issues including sustainability, socio-economics, and global health. Advancements in modern technology allow for sustainable construction with little economic footprint yet still aesthetically pleasing. His design of a Seattle children’s hospital brought much-needed whimsy back into a stressful family situation.
The American Institute of Architects has always had a mission closely associated with improving the lives of the American public since the formation of the trade group in 1857 in New York. Expanding the overall goals of the group in recent years after the AIA was created initially to standardize the work of architects and tradespeople in New York and across the Northeast of the U.S. Now a professional group with more than 90,000 members and over 200 chapters, the American Institute of Architects is one of the most influential lobbying groups in the U.S. capital of Washington D.C.
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It is Mr. Ivy’s belief that there will be an incredible need for design professionals to create the infrastructures growing global cities. One way architecture can be a deciding factor in the health and well-being of the occupants is replacing elevators with stairs enabling the occupants of a building an opportunity for exercise. Sunlight, fresh air, and copious amounts of free movement have become hallmarks of Ivy’s designs.
Siting Central Park as a prime example, Ivy’s goal for the AIA is to continue the tradition of architecture improving lives and environments. He is currently pushing for a more sustained effort at collecting information on the positive impacts of architecture. It is known and recorded within anecdotal evidence that people react more positively and with increased productivity to certain types of environments. However, having a way to collect information and track improvements would make it possible to continue to improve existing buildings.
Robert Ivy is encouraging the networking between AIA members and other industries to improve quality of life, especially after natural disasters. He feels that architects are master collaborators and team leads making them the perfect people to head rebuilding projects after earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes.
His final goal to is to improve the earth and people’s well-being through architecture.