Architecture has a bright future, and fortunately, the AIA has a visionary and innovative head to guide them. Robert Ivy is leading the AIA into the 21st century and as the executive vice president and chief executive officer, Robert Ivy is challenging the architects and designers at AIA to think of architecture as more than just designing buildings.
Founded in 1857 by 13 architects, AIA has grown to more than 90,000 architects and designers in 250 chapters in the U.S. and abroad in Canada, France, Hong Kong, the UAE, China, and the UK. There are also AIA chapters in Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Their leading headquarter is in Washington DC. As AIA and its members move into the future, the AIA is strengthening its commitment to its values, mission, and vision by merging social justice issues such as global warming, sustainability, and public health with architecture. Ivy is guiding the organization and its members to embrace equity, diversity, and inclusion to strengthen the profession.
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As a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy recognizes the importance of maintaining the professionalism of AIA members. Ivy promotes the professionalism of architects through academic training at accredited colleges and universities, apprenticeship-type programs for graduates to work under the supervision of a licensed architect, and licensure through a rigorous professional exam. As a leader at AIA, Ivy and members of the Board of Directors ensures AIA members uphold the AIA Code of Ethics, which commits its members to high standards of professionalism including ethical behavior and mandatory rules of conduct.
Robert Ivy graduated cum laude from Sewanee – University of the south and he has a graduate degree in architecture from Tulane University. He has received numerous awards including receiving the highest honor bestowed by the American Business Media, their prestigious Crain Award. Ivy’s education, background, and experience places Ivy in the perfect position to lead AIA and its 90,000 members into the future. Robert Ivy is excited about the future of architecture and he is perfectly positioned to guide the AIA and its members into the 21st century.
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