The world of architecture is filled with passionate people who want to design buildings that inspire and bring out the passions of generations of people. In America, Architecture is a special form of expression where people from different cultures and backgrounds bring their own design and ideas to the world of buildings and structures. There is perhaps no person who has helped propel the diversity of style of Architecture like the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robert Ivy.
Mr. Ivy has spent decades working with Architects around the United States to help them realize their vision by working with companies and municipalities. Additionally, Mr. Ivy has helped foster the next generation of architects through the AIA’s mentorship and grant program.
Robert Ivy was appointed to his current role at the AIA in 2011. Since then, Mr. Ivy has made a great positive impact on the role of architecture. During this decade, the skylines of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles as well as many other large American cities have been improved with great buildings such as 2 Central Park Tower and the upcoming Vista Tower in Chicago.
In addition to his work at the AIA, Mr. Ivy is also an active writer who helps the public understand the role of architecture in everyday life. In a recent article which appeared in the Huffington Post, Mr. Ivy discussed the ways Architecture can positively impact the public’s health by increasing natural light within structures as well as converting old elevated rail lines into urban walkways to increase pedestrian activity.
Mr. Ivy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Sewanee: The University of the South. Later, Mr. Ivy earned his Masters of Architecture from Tulane University. Soon afterward, Mr. Ivy became one of the principal partners at Dean/Dale, holding that position from 1981 to 1996. In the late 1990s, Robert Ivy was named the Editor in Chief of the trade publication Architectural Record. Also, during this period, Mr. Ivy was the Editorial Director as well as a Vice-President of McGraw-Hill Construction.
From his work in architecture to his leadership role at the AIA, Robert Ivy is helping Americans understand the world of buildings and structural design. As a writer, Mr. Ivy is bringing a better understanding of architecture to Americans everywhere. As Mr. Ivy continues to lead the AIA, he will find new ways to inspire and support architects as well as further the profession of Architecture across America.