Robert Ivy has been described as a soft-spoken man who is warm and wise. He is the executive vice president and chief executive officer fo the American Institute of Architects (AIA). This is a professional organization that supports architects and those in related positions. He has said that one way he can help the profession is by encouraging architects to work with software programmers so that they can exchange information. This will lead to better city planning in the United States.
Architecture can help in all sorts of ways people haven’t considered, Robert Ivy has said. It affects everything from improving a communities health to figuring out the best disaster relief solution. His organization has recently committed to a 10-year plan that is focused on improving urban areas. This includes sustainability, resiliency to natural disasters (such as hurricanes), and public health. The AIA is doing this by providing grants to university research projects. They are also developing a community plan with a major international city that they haven’t revealed as of yet.
Robert Ivy points out that architecture has long played a role in improving health. It was an architect who drained the swamps so that Washington D.C. could be built, he says. An architect also designed Central Park in New York City which was done to eliminate a problem they had with substandard housing in the area. The primary reason Central Park was built, he says, was to improve public health. That it’s now thought of as a recreation space wasn’t the reason it was actually built.
The AIA is based in Washington D.C. It was established in 1857 in New York City and soon chapters of this organization popped up around the United States. It now has over 300 chapters and close to 100,000 members. The members of this organization pledge to follow a code of professional conduct and ethics when performing their jobs. This is done so that their clients and people in general know that the architect they are working with is held to the highest professional standards.
For several years Robert Ivy was the Editor in Chief of the distinguished industry magazine Architectural Record. His leadership of this magazine led to it being the most widely read architectural magazine on the planet. He worked as an architect from 1981 to 1996 at a firm he started with business partners called Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy.
At the AIA, Richard Ivy is working to transform the organization in how it helps those in the industry. It is now taking a proactive and responsive approach to issues, for example. They are helping those in this profession by raising public awareness of how important architects are in their daily lives.