The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is tackling the issues facing us in the 21st century under the forward-thinking leadership of CEO Robert Ivy, who also holds the title of executive vice president. Since 2011, Ivy has promoted the role of architects in advancing sustainability practices. With buildings being major carbon polluters, architects have an opportunity to mitigate climate change with renewable energy integration and tools provided by the AIA. Architect, the AIA’s journal publishes news, award winners and building projects submitted by members.
The professional, membership-based organization is open to architects, including recent graduates, architecture faculty and professionals in closely related fields. Membership benefits include networking opportunities, online courses, business boosting tools and more. Member groups provide architects connections with individuals who share an interest in hazard mitigation, global practices and civic leadership. When architects look for the latest trends, in order to keep their business current, they turn to the AIA and the organization’s quarterly Home Design Trends Survey. In 2017, outdoor living rooms are what interest consumers most, followed by mud rooms and home offices.
Ivy, who has extensive design and construction experience, wants 21st century architects to think beyond buildings and spaces to public health and safety. People spend the majority of their time indoors; architects can design clean air, healthier buildings. For safety, they can design hurricane and tornado-proof buildings that can mitigate the effects of natural disasters.
In 2010, Ivy earned the title Master Architect, given by an architectural fraternity, because he understood the value of design and he tries to pass his knowledge on to the generation of architect. In 1993, the AIA bestowed the honor of naming Ivy to the AIA College of Fellows.
In his current position, Ivy manages the more than 200 employees at AIA’s national office in Washington, DC, directing the organization’s focus and enhancing the public’s knowledge of architects and how they can help with environmental issues. With more than 90,000 members, the AIA is the premier professional organization for architects and allied professionals with members in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, and Hong Kong.