American Institute of Architects is a company that works as an advocate for architects, standing for human and civil rights. Architects are representatives of change by design. They are behind the infrastructure of schools, libraries, parks, fire stations, government buildings, etc. AIA advocates for the investment of well designed civic infrastructure, making policymakers meet certain criteria so building are taken care of. AIA believes that public buildings are the foundation of a community. They stand for a better future and want to achieve this with green construction. The designs that come from those working with AIA are environmentally friendly and adaptable to the changes in climate; a defense against natural disasters and the changing conditions of the property.
The CEO and Executive Vice President of American Institute of Architects is Robert Ivy. He has an educational background that includes the University of the South, where he achieved his English BA, and Tulane University, where he achieved M. Arch., Architecture. While attending Tulane University, he achieved his degree with Tau Sigma Delta, which is the only national honor society for architecture and design majors. Since achieving his educational goals, Robert has had many years of experience. In 1996, he began to work for the company McGraw – Hill Companies as the Editor in Chief/ Architectural Record. For 15 years he worked with this company and by the end of his time there he was Vice President/ Editorial Director. Some of his duties included leading construction designs and construction publications that dealt with Architectural Record, Engineering News Record and more. In 2011, Robert Ivy began to work with American Institute Of Architects, heading the almost 88,000 member organization. He uses public outreach and educational initiatives to help serve clients and communities, and has helped transform AIA into a proactive, responsive and influential organization. Changes and improvements are goals of Roberts, to make it aware of the value of architects and to prepare architects for the role they will hold when addressing climate change and the sustainability and impact of design needed.
Robert Ivy not only helped AIA earn numerous publishing industry honors, but was also honored by Alpha Rho Chi, a national architecture fraternity. In the fraternity’s 100 year old history, only seven have received this honor and Robert is one, while also being the only architect selected in the 21st Century. Robert is also an author and a public speaker, helping shed light on the role and meaning of architecture and how it is an important part of our lives.
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