Robert Ivy: Architect of Innovation

     Robert Ivy is a highly respected and distinguished architect that has served in several different architectural organizations. Ivy was born in Columbus, Mississippi. After completing high school, he received a Bachelor’s of Art degree in English from Sewanee University of the South in Tennessee and a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University located in Louisiana. In the years following the completion of his education, he worked in several editorial and architectural positions.

For fifteen years, from 1981 through 1996, Robert Ivy was a principal architect at Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy Architectural firm (now called Dean and Dean). This firm is located in his home state of Mississippi. He also served as an editor for several architectural publications. These publications include Architectural Record, and McGraw-Hill Construction Media. In 2001 Ivy authored, “Fay Jones: Architect”,the definitive biography of Fay Jones who served as an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright.

Ivy is also a member of Alpha Rho Chi, an architecture fraternity. In 2010, Ivy was named a “Master Architect” by the fraternity and joined the likes of other “Master Architects” including Cass Gilbert, John Wellborn Root and Richard Buckminster Fuller. Robert Ivy currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Robert Ivy was appointed to the position at AIA in 2011. Since becoming the CEO, he has completely altered the manner in which architects are served and encouraged in their endeavors. Although the AIA has always had a rich legacy, Ivy has propelled the organization into one that is influential and responsive to the architecture industry. Some of his most important improvements to the organization has been to streamline governance and improve the technology infrastructure of the entire organization.

In the spring of 2017, Ivy elaborated on the obesity epidemic in America and the need for architects to design buildings that take human health into consideration. These health conscious designs include letting more sunlight into buildings and designs that encourage physical activity. To bring these designs to fruition, Ivy proposes that universities develop programs for architecture students that address design from a public health perspective.

Robert Ivy is dedicated to the advancement of architecture in the 21st century. He is committed to solving design deficits while also incorporating new technologies. Robert Ivy is committed to creating a future for architecture that incorporates innovative design and addresses the needs of a changing population.

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