Robert Ivy has been an architect for over 30 years, earning a Master’s in Architecture from Tulane University in New Orleans after undergraduate studies at Sewanee: The University of the South. He has been serving as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects after a long career in the industry.
In a recent interview with zdnet.com, Ivy spoke of the challenges of public health issues and how architecture can have a positive affect of public health. He believes that architecture can improve public health issues like diabetes and heart disease because of the role it can play in promoting exercise in a community. Ivy says that the materials that are used in construction can perhaps play the greatest part in public health safety. He believes that one of the things that architects are great at are their ability to manage large teams.
Robert Ivy was named to his position at the American Institute of Architects in 2011 after holding a number of positions in the architectural publishing sector. Ivy was named the Editor in Chief at the Architectural Record in 1996. He has also spent time as the Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, which produces a number of magazines and periodicals in the field of architecture. Prior to joining the Architectural Record, Robert Ivy spent 15 years at Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy.
He is well known for his work as a critic for a number of national publications on architecture and construction.
The American Institute of Architects was established by 13 architects in 1857 in order to establish a set of guidelines for those in the architectural industry. To be a member of the AIA, one must be a graduate of an approved U.S. institute of higher learning in the field of architecture. The institute is headquartered in Washington, D.C., has offices in Europe and Asia, and has over 90,000 active members nationwide. The AIA has over 200 full-time employees that help promote professionalism and public education as it relates to architecture. AIA is dedicated to promoting the field of architecture in schools around the country, hoping to get children interested in the industry.