The American Institute of Architects, enhancing the public knowledge of architectural profession

The existence of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 1857 has been a blessing to the design and construction fraternity. The members of the Board of the premier corporation were so excited to appoint one of them as the new Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. Robert Ivy took the mantle in February 2011.

Robert Ivy is a respected person in the corporation and has held various positions including the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record since 1996. Besides, he serves as the Editorial Director as well as Vice President for McGraw-Hill construction where he managed various publications in development and design. For about fourteen years, Robert served as principal with Ivy Architects.

As a result of the incredible leadership acumen portrayed by Robert, he got recognition and became a recipient of the 2009 Crane Award. His contributions to business media earned him the American Business Media’s top award. Most significantly was the recognition he was granted by the architectural fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, as a Master Architect following his successful acts of sharing the value of design among upcoming enthusiast in the field.

Besides working with the Board of Directors in early 1990s, Ivy was a champion who advocated for the profession on various political, social and environmental matters that directly or indirectly impacted the built environment.

The new role that Robert got assigned with would involve managing the central office in Washington, DC in addition to over 56 million dollars budget as well as about 200 employees. Among the issues, he would tackle included the enhancement of the voice of the AIA to reveal the value of the design while promoting the understanding of architects within the public domain. Also, he would collaborate with more than 300 chapters nationally and globally to support members of AIA community.

The highly sought after corporate leadership skills combined with industry experience that Robert had, made it possible for the Board to settle for him. As noted by George H. Miller, the former president of FAIA, the board unanimously agreed that Robert’s leadership style would promote AIA. Miller also recognized the input of Paul Welch who served as the interim Vice President during the period of transition.

The professional organization whose head office is based in Washington, D.C, is a professional corporation founded by architects in the United States of America. AIA carries activities spanning form community development, education, public initiatives as well as government advocacy programs to promote architects and enhance public understanding of the architectural profession.

The AIA members speak with a united voice in monitoring regulatory and legislative actions to influence government practices that have a direct impact on the architectural profession. More significant, the AIA protects the infrastructure in the country and facilitates the development of affordable housing for all citizens.

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