The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is an organization for architects that has been around since 1857. It is led by its CEO, Robert Ivy, who has been an amazing advocate for change and bringing the organization into the 21st century. With more than 90,000 members in the AIA its influence is reaching all parts of the globe. Its main headquarters are located in Washington D.C., but it also has 260 chapters that exist all over the world. Its main purpose is to promote the value of architecture and to help architects to have much needed resources that help them to make the world a better place.
As the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the AIA, Robert Ivy has decided to help the group achieve a more prominent place in the eye of the public. Under his guidance, the AIA is becoming more influential and proactive, and he looks to continue to bring understanding about the importance of architecture and of architects, themselves, into the consciousness of today’s world. He was named a “Master Architect” by the national architecture fraternity, which makes him one of only seven people to have ever received the honor and the only one on the 21st century.
Robert Ivy, specifically, has been able to streamline the governing process of the AIA, which has made it much easier for the organization to come to decisions it has to make. Ivy’s focus on building an infrastructure that is focused on digital technology has allowed the AIA to move into a more prominent position in the modern world. Today, he is steering the ship of the AIA so that architects will be ready to deal with the most important issues facing the world, which include climate change and how to create a more sustainable society on the planet Earth.
Robert Ivy earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee: The University of the South and went on to work for a Masters of Architecture that he received while studying at Tulane University. View Robert Ivy’s profile at Tulane School of Architecture
Now that the AIA is up-to-speed in a modern world, it has been able to come together as a whole and voice its opinions about certain government choices that affect the way that Americans live. It also keeps track of laws and other actions that government is taking and works to use its combined influence to take part in decisions that are made by different makers of policies. It has found a way to work directly with legislators and other sections of the government to make design more efficient, to keep on top of the infrastructure of the United States, and to create housing options that are affordable for everyone.