Robert Ivy is the chief executive officer and executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), which is an American professional organization that is membership-based. The professional organization focuses on building, construction and design. Ivy has worked to ensure that each member has the ability and the background to think far beyond their field of expertise. He also believes that architecture has a deep impact in many different areas like aiding in disaster relief and offering solutions to improve health. The AIA has been providing exceptional services for many years and is evolving into a large integral position involving the public health industry. Architecture is constantly changing and the focus is solidified through different themes constructed at different times. Each generation of architects brings forth new ideas and newly renovated innovations. Many are health-focused and driven to produce solutions for healthcare and its newly presented changes. Technology is making its way through the industry, and many are taking advantage of the experience involving device apps, software upgrades enhancing the architectural design, and resilience. Robert Ivy has been with the AIA since 2011 and has continually worked to transform the profession. He works to promote the editorial and educational responses to the organization with goals and awareness.
The organization was originally founded in 1857 by more than a dozen architects. They eventually moved on to include 16 more prominent architects to the group to draft the very first constitutional bylaws in which architects would abide by. Several attempts to write the constitution developed into a revised version which was set in stone on April 15, 1857. Originally, the AIA was called the New York Society of Architects, which took on its new name shortly before the bylaws were firmly established. It was revealed in the 1880s that many cities began to write chapters and join the prestigious, sought-after group. It was reported in 2008 that more than 300 chapters had evolved throughout the regions.
The AIA is currently governed by a highly engaged and professional Board of Directors. They currently have 200 full-time employees who work to maintain and produce the ultimate quality for architectures, clients, and surrounding communities. They have expanded their services throughout the years to the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, and Hong Kong. The AIA has also made great efforts to recognize individuals and organization for their outstanding achievements and support of the profession. They provide many different types of honor programs such as the AIA Gold Medal, Architecture Firm Award, and the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education award.