The American Institute of Architects (AIA), which has been an active organization since 1857, is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The AIA was originally founded by 13 architects. The AIA also has a total of 90 thousand members and 260 unique chapters all over the world.
AIA’s credo is to promote the stands and principles of architecture by providing its members with the resources that these architects require to do and be their best at their jobs. And as the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of AIA, Robert Ivy believes strongly in advising fellow architects to think outside their field by focusing on disciplines like public health issues, efficiency, and sustainability. Robert Ivy wishes for a future that involves architects and designers producing new structures and concepts that help to solve or counteract the negativity and key issues involving inefficient designs that don’t address issues of public health.
Robert Ivy believes vehemently in the mantra that architecture can directly impact many different areas of health and sustainability. Whether the architecture and design are addressing a solution concerning an area of disaster relief in a city or suburb or improving certain areas of the public health, the new, non-traditional philosophy of AIA is to focus on an out of the box approach to design.
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Mr. Ivy argued that there have been historical design endeavors of the past, which addressed issues concerning the public health. Some go as far back as the founding of Washington, D.C. when they decided to drain the swamps that made up a lot of Washington, D.C. in the 1700s. He also remarked that the Olmstead design for Central Park in New York involved gutting and racing the substandard housing that had occupied a lot of that part of New York city proper.
In lieu of Robert Ivy’s admirable work history, Ivy earned a Masters of Architecture at Tulane and a bachelor’s degree in English at Sewanee: The University of the South.
Robert Ivy has spent many years working as an executive, editor, writer and design critic. In addition to his role as a respected critic for many well-known publications, Ivy was principal at Dean & Ivy and Dean/Dale. Mr. Ivy obtained the position of Editor in Chief at Architectural Record. As a result of Robert Ivy’s leadership and key decision making at Architectural Record, it earned many honors.
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