Promoting the architecture and design profession – The American Institute of Architects

     American Institute of Architecture (AIA), has been in existence since 1857 and representing professionals as well architects in the construction and design sector. The members of the board of the premier organization appointed one of their member called Robert Ivy as the Chief Executive officer in early 2011.

Robert Ivy is a highly respected individual in the company and has served as the Editor in Chief of the Architectural Record for over two decades. He also held the position of Editorial Director for McGraw-Hill Construction with the responsibility of the efficient management of the publications in construction and design segment.

Robert was awarded the Crane Award in addition to the American Business Media’s top award for lifetime contributions of his business acumen on media. His architectural insight led to his recognition as Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi, the architectural community, due to his unrivaled ability to share the value of design with the new generation.

There has been a myriad of political, social as well as environmental issues affecting the design and construction environment and advocated by Robert Ivy. The exposure he acquired by serving on the AIA Board of Directors in 1990s, granted him the necessary experience that contributed to his dedication as a member of the AIA fraternity.

The new position taken by Robert Ivy entailed managing the national office of the organization based in Washington, DC. Additionally, an annual budget of over $56 million with 206 employees would be under his watch. He would be responsible not only for managing the day to day activities in the institution but also demonstrate the importance of architecture as well as communicating the value of design. Also, he would collaborate with more than 300 chapters countrywide to support the members of the American Institute of Architects.

George Miller, 2010 President of AIA, appreciated the appointment of Robert Ivy due to his seasoned industry experience and excellent leadership skills as required by the Board. There was a unanimous agreement by the Board that Robert’s combination of passion for the field, his decades of experience and the corporate leadership skills would be a key facet towards the growth of AIA. George Miller also recognized the Interim Executive Vice President, Paul Welch. Welch had displayed unwavering loyalty and diligent management of the organization during the transition period.

Furthermore, Clark Manus- AIA 2011 president requested members to streamline their focus and resources to the AIA to facilitate growth as it was the pivotal time in the organization.

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