The American Institute of Architects Sees Continued Success Under Recently Appointed CEO

In early 2011, Robert Ivy was named the chief executive officer and vice president of the American Institute of Architects. The American Institute of Architects is an exceptionally well-renowned organization which serves to represent the best and brightest in the architectural industries. The organization has been active since 1857.

Robert Ivy’s Goals for the Institute

Ivy has become a highly respected figure within the architectural industry, working with Architectural Record as their Editor-in-Chief since 1996; and as the Editorial Director as well as Vice President of McGraw-Hill Construction. Additionally, he had been the managing partner of Dean/Dale, Dean, and Ivy, and a principal for Ivy Architects for over a decade before moving up to executive management positions. Having received the Crane Award in 2009 for his significant contributions to business media; recognition as a Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi for his emphasis on teaching a new generation the immense value of design; and numerous other awards, Ivy has firmly entrenched himself as one of the most renowned architects currently alive.

In addition to his more widely recognized achievements, Ivy has spent much of his time advocating for the architectural industry in regards to pressing environmental, social, and political issues which permeate the nation. He is fiercely dedicated to the American Institute of Architects, having served as a member of the board since the 90s.

Through his position as CEO and VP, Ivy was put in place as manager of the AIA’s Washington, DC office. The budget for the office was $56 million when he took the position, and there were over 200 employees on location. His goal was to direct the focus of the organization to a more design-centric philosophy, address issues within the organization, and run a campaign for public outreach in order to bring the value of architectural design into the public eye. He would work with more than 300 chapters around the globe in order to accomplish these tasks.

Shortly before he was granted the position in earnest, George Miller, the organization’s president in 2010, said: “We are excited to have Robert join the AIA.” He then went on to state that Ivy had a combination of industry experience and corporate leadership skills that matched what the board was seeking perfectly. The organization’s 2011 president. Clark Manus, also made a comment, stating that he would be thrilled to work with Robert Ivy over the next year.

Looking Forward

Under Ivy’s oversight since he first obtained his position in 2011, the organization has begun to shift its focus. Ivy hopes to help the American Institute of Architects evolve and change along with the field of architecture. He aims to keep the profession relevant and influential in the modern age and create a rich legacy of excellence. Perhaps most importantly, Ivy has worked to reach out to the public and spread awareness of architecture’s value and importance.

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