American Institute of American Architects (AIA) is a professional body that was founded to bring together qualified architects in the United States. AIA is a leading members-only organization whose scope of influence overarches several sectors and industries including software engineering, health and building and construction industries. Over the past few years, the organization has taken key steps towards ideological cross-pollination with professionals in these various industries and fields with the view of better serving human interests. Under the guidance of its current executive vice president and chief executive officer, Robert Ivy, the organization has made significant progress towards making its presence felt in areas such as disaster management and prevention, and healthcare provision.
Through its 10-year program aimed at showcasing its commitment to humanity, AIA has partnered with several professionals in different fields while also sponsoring events such as hackathon. Robert Ivy believes that such landmark and innovative initiatives will ensure that the organization work closely with the general public and other professionals in taking proactive steps towards ensuring public safety. He believes that architects and associated professionals bodies such as AIA can play a vital role in ensuring public health through health-focused and socially engaging building and infrastructural designs. He believes that such an interactive and very rewarding platform can be enhanced through various avenues such as mobile apps and other contemporary ideas.
Robert Ivy: Guiding AIA towards a Contemporary Outlook
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., American Institute of Architects (AIA) was founded with primary objective of giving space to practicing and upcoming architects a chance to meet, and discuss ways of improving the field. Founded in 1857, the organization is one of the oldest of its kind and currently boasts of over 90,000 members. The organization prides itself as the first body formed to address issues facing architects. The first president of the organization was Richard Upjohn who laid the foundation for its future.
Over the past years, Robert Ivy who took over the reign of the organization in 2011, has made strategic moves and guided the organization towards embracing contemporary ideas and issues. Towards this end, AIA has actively supported issues concerning education, policy and public health and safety. It has also actively engaged in community development. Additionally, Robert Ivy’s visionary leadership has seen the organization work towards taking center stage when it comes to finding solutions affecting various communities. This is reflective of his years of experience. He was the editor-in-chief of Architectural Record in 1996.