Robert Ivy was appointed as the Executive vice president and the CEO of the American Institute of Architects in 2011. This institute represents licensed architects and professionals in the design and construction industry since 1857. The institute has over 90,000 members who are architects and design professionals. It also has over 250 chapters. Prior to his appointment, Robert Ivy was a fellow of the institute. He was an advocate of the profession on social, environmental and political issues affecting the built environment. He was described by President H. Miller, FAIA, as a seasoned architect with the relevant industry experience and corporate leadership skills.
As the vice president and CEO of the AIA, he manages the institute’s national office in Washington, DC. His responsibilities are many, but not restricted to, directing organizational focus on design and practice issues within the institute, work collaboratively with nationwide and overseas chapters to support AIA members and create public awareness on the value and relevance of architects. He has made some major accomplishments such as improving decision making in the institute by streamlining governance, launching a public awareness campaign which includes the institute’s annual I Look up Challenge. This challenge invites architects and filmmakers to collaborate and bring out architectural stories. He also popularizes the institute through education initiatives and advocacy strategies. He has also built a new digital technology infrastructure. His major focus is to shift the institute’s resources to prepare architects in facing and addressing today’s challenges such as impact of design on public health, climate change among others.
Robert Ivy has delivered key speeches about the role and meaning of architecture in our lives. Such speeches include speeches and moderated discussions at international events such as the National Building Museum, the Library of Congress and the Monterey Design Conference. He has also given interviews and appeared on various media shows such as CBS’S early show, PBS’s Evening news and BBC World among others.
Under his leadership AIA has been transformed tremendously to serve architects and the built industry in general. He has repositioned the institute as a responsive, influential and proactive organization.