Robert Ivy: Excellence in the Making

Architect Robert Ivy, a Columbus Mississippi native, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects(AIA) and was named CEO in 2011. AIAs’ network structure consists of over 250 chapters and more than 90,000 architect members and design professionals dedicated to building framework environments. Mr. Ivy is a powerful advocate for public outreach and educational initiatives. He thrives on assisting his members to serve communities around the globe, in efforts to deliver a better tomorrow. Prior to his AIA appointment, Robert Ivy served as Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction and Editor-In-Chief of Architectural Record Magazine where he has earned countless publishing honors and accolades which is an unusual achievement for the common professional journal.

Robert Ivy attended Sewanee University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University. Initially, his career began as a principal at Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy from 1981 to 1996. During this same time frame, he also critiqued multiple national publications. The astute author wrote multiple articles. One column that comes to mind is titled ‘The Cure for What Ails You? Good Design’. Published by HuffingtonPost, the article poses the question; “can design decisions enhance care for those that are ill?”. Robert Ivy expounds on a study that demonstrates the connection between design and health is amiss in the healthcare and medical communities. In short, these communities find it impractical that buildings can have a direct impact on patients health and well being. He argues that design impacts public health via the encouragement of healthy lifestyles. In addition, things such as location and selection of building materials must be carefully considered in the planning process. Robert Ivy closes by stating that architects and urban planners have the ability to influence health by creating sustainable and optimal buildings that minimize its ecological footprint while fostering human well being.

Robert Ivy’s top priorities today include transitioning the AIA into a more proactive, responsive, and influential organization. He and his colleagues are fully involved in creating public awareness and value of the architecture community.

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