American Institute of Arts Selects New Leader

     The American Institute of Arts (AIA) has appointed Robert Ivy as the new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment announced by the institution’s board last week comes at a time when the construction industry has been facing several challenges. AIA was founded in 1857 as a governing and licensing body for architects across the country. It has its headquarters in Washington DC and coordinates the activities of 300 hundred chapters in the United States. AIA is responsible for policy formulation and advocacy when it comes to matters to do with construction and design. The institution has over 90,000 registered architects across the country.

Robert Ivy’s appointment did not come as a surprise to many considering the role he has played in the architectural world and various positions he has held so far. Before his appointment, he was serving as the Editor in Chief one of the largest publications, Architectural Records where he has worked for since 1996. He was also the Vice President and editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction. He has vast experience both in the architectural field as well as media. Robert Ivy has been known to champion for various social and political issues related to the design and construction industry. His appointment, therefore, comes as a boost to AIA.

Many people have welcomed his appointment terming it a great move by the premier professional body. “I am delighted by the appointment of Robert Ivy as the Chief Executive Officer of AIA, with his experience, I believe he will bring a lot of new ideas and reforms to the institution,” said George H. Miller, former AIA president. Others who congratulated were Clark Manus, FAIA, 2011 president who termed Ivy’s appointment as timely and appropriate to the American Institute of Architects. “I take this opportunity to thank the AIA board for deciding to appoint Robert Ivy as the new CEO, I am confident that he will live up to the responsibilities ahead of him” he added

Robert Ivy was born and raised in Columbus Mississippi. He went to Sewanee University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree and later joined Tulane University for a master’s degree in architecture. Ivy is expected to bring about reforms in an institution which has largely been viewed to be living in the past. AIA has over 200 employees with an annual budget close to $60 million.

Many architects and the public, in general, are confident that he will deliver considering his recent advocacy on the need of having a paradigm shift in the way architects operate. Robert Ivy has been a dedicated member of the American Institute of Architects and has also served as a board member since 1990’s. His appointment will take effect beginning February 1, 2011.

Please watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ2CmY7_W5o.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *