The American Institute of Architects (AIA), founded in 1857 by 113 architects, is a membership organization and professional network of architects and designers that today boasts approximately 90,000 members in more than 250 chapters. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AIA has branches located throughout the United States with international chapters in Canada, France, Hong Kong, the UAE, China, and the UK.
AIA also has chapters in the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Under the leadership of Robert Ivy, the executive vice president and chief executive officer of AIA, he is utilizing cutting-edge innovations to redirect the focus of AIA resources.
Ivy, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), is leading the AIA as it moves into the 21st century, by redirecting AIA resources to juxtapose architecture in creative and non-traditional ways. Ivy is reimagining the role of design beyond just building structures to expanding its position to effect a social imprint on global issues that reflect AIA values like climate change, sustainability, or connecting design and construction with public health issues. AIA values include its commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of buildings to fight climate change, focusing on the sustainability of natural resources through the design and use of wise construction choices and reducing environmental hazards, and redesigning the role of architects with an eye toward promoting public health and safety.
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As a leader among leaders, Ivy has many accomplishments, and he has received numerous awards. Among his many accomplishments, Ivy served as editor of Architectural Record. While serving in that leadership position, the magazine won many literary awards including an award from the American Society of Magazine Editors, the Jesse H. Neal Awards, and the MPA Digital Award for Website of the Year and he received the highest honor bestowed by American Business Media, their Crain Award. Ivy is Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, and he is one of only seven people to earn the distinction of “Master Architect” awarded by the Alpha Rho Chi fraternity in its 100-year history. A published author, his biography of E. Fay Jones, a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright, is in its third printing.
Ivy has always been a proactive leader with outstanding business acumen and a commitment to protecting the planet. As a member of the Board of Directors of AIA, Ivy is leading the AIA to position itself as the premier architectural organization in the world.