American Institute of Architects – Giving Architecture a Global Presence

     Robert Ivy is a well-known name in the field of architecture. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Mr Ivy was recently made headlines as he was given the honor of being appointed as the Chief Executive Officer or Executive Vice President by the AIA. He took up this position in 2011 and has taken the organization from strength to strength since then. He has been a prominent member of other premiere architectural firms such as Dean and Ivy and Ivy Architects.

Mr Ivy received his Masters in Architecture from the University of Tulane. He graduated in Arts from the University of the South prior to this. Rober Ivy enjoys giving talks and has addressed architectural issues at several national and international forums such as the National Building Museum and the Library of Congress. He is a popular face representing architecture on television. Mr Ivy has participated in many television shows aired on The Discovery Channel, A and E, PBS Evening News and BBC World. He has also himself interviewed prominent personalities such as AIA award winners and His Highness the Aga Khan.

Robert Ivy has a keen interest in writing and in 1996 became the editor of the reputed publication, Architectural Record. He has also served as vice president of the McGraw-Hill publications, including SNAP, Architectural Record China, Engineering News Record and Constructor. Architectural Record became one of the most widely read architecture magazine under the editorial guidance of Ivy.

Robert Ivy has often been awarded for his expertise in architecture and design. He is the recipient of the prestigious Crane Award. This award was bestowed on him in 2009. It was presented by the American Business Media and is the topmost honor for an architect. He was also given the title of Master Architect by the Alpha Ro Chi, an organization of architects. This endowment has been given only to a selected number of individuals in the past such as John Willborn and Cass Gilbert. Robert Ivy is amongst the seven winners of this title, and that is indeed a rare distinction to achieve.

The American Institute of Architects was founded in 1857 by a small group of individuals to foster on design and architectural pursuits. The AIA is now a burgeoning organization with as many as 90,000 members nation-wide as well as internationally. The AIA has a global presence. It focuses on design, construction and environmental sustainability. The global goals of the AIA include facilitation of trade and ensuring that American architectural firms remain competitive in the global environment. The AIA is also a strong advocate for design to aid in reformation after natural disasters and application of design to health-related issues.


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