The American Institute of Architects has been the most prestigious organization in the United States with a focus on construction and architecture since the mid-1800s. The American Institute of Architects is dedicated to helping architects become successful, nurturing creativity, and encouraging cooperation with other industries as well as other architects. Since 2011, the AIA has been under the leadership of Robert Ivy, their Chief Executive Officer, and Vice President. Having led the AIA for seven years now, his accomplishments over the past seven years have been immense. However, to fully understand his mission, you have to look back to when he was first appointed to his position in 2011.
Robert Ivy, First an Architect, Now a Leader
Robert Ivy’s rise to prominence was by no means a recent occurrence. By 2011, he was already considered one of the best architects in the United States, if not the world. Having been honored with the title of Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi, the first to achieve the title in the 21st century. To say that Ivy was a prominent architectural figure would be a gross understatement. He had been a dedicated member of the American Institute of Architects’ board since the 90s and had also worked with numerous architectural publications over the years. His public advocation for architecture has helped the profession to become more prominent in the public eye.
The previous president of the American Institute of Architects expressed a sense of hopefulness regarding Ivy’s rise to the position of CEO and VP. The upcoming president stated that he would look forward to working with Ivy over the coming year. With the warm reception from the other executives and his clear skill as both an architect and a leader, Ivy would fit right in as the organization’s newest CEO.
When Ivy gained the positions of VP and CEO within the AIA, there were more than 300 chapters across the world. He was assigned the national office in Washington, DC, and was given a $56 million budget to work with, as well as more than 200 employees in his office alone. He used these resources to further the field of architecture and to help grow the AIA. He shifted the focus of the organization towards solving real-world problems via design, working to address social, political and environmental issues through intelligent architectural processes. His campaign to bring architecture back into public prominence was also in full swing, and with all these resources at his disposal, he went on to make the AIA stronger than ever.
For the future, Robert Ivy plans to continue his policies of public outreach and problem-solving through architecture. His leadership and knowledge have brought a number of fledgling architects into the AIA over the past seven years, and the future looks hopeful for the organization.