A Retrospective on the American Institute of Architecture Under its Most Recent CEO

 

Since 1857, the American Institute of Architects has been the foremost architectural organization within the United States. The AIA serves to engage with architects, foster cooperation, and encourage creativity. In 2011, the organization named its new Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Ivy. Ivy has now served as the organization’s leader for seven years and has brought significant success to the AIA. However, sometimes it’s important to look back, and see what brought him here, and what his dream was for the AIA seven years ago.

A Retrospective on the Appointment of Robert Ivy

In 2011, Robert Ivy was already a figure of much renown within architectural circles, having worked with a number of architectural publications in editorial roles, and having led a successful architectural career up until that point as well. Indeed, Ivy had been the first architect of the 21st century to be recognized by Alpha Rho Chi as a Master Architect, a title awarded to very few. In addition, he had earned the Crane Award two years earlier and had become famous within architectural circles as one of the brightest minds in the industry.

On top of his publicly recognized achievements and his awards, Ivy has also put a significant effort into advocating for architecture. He has attempted to bring the industry into the public eye by using architecture to address social, environmental, political, and economic issues.

Before he was appointed as their VP and CEO, Ivy had been a dedicated member of the AIA’s board since the 90s. With over 300 chapters worldwide, his newfound position, a budget of $56 million, and his new offices in Washington, DC, Ivy set out to better the US through architecture and to put the focus back on design. He also worked to address issues within the institute itself. But his most significant contribution was his work to bring Architecture back into the public eye and to get people excited about the industry.

The former president of the AIA, as well as the newly appointed Clark Manus, expressed strong hope for a future under Ivy’s leadership, praising his abilities as an architect and as a leader. The board as a whole considered Ivy to be exactly what they needed, and over the next year, Manus worked closely with Ivy to help bring about his goals for the organization.

Seven Years Later

Ivy had been hard at work over the past seven years, and many of his dreams have inched ever closer to becoming a reality. The American Institute of Architecture has become stronger than ever before, and public outreach has brought new faces to the industry after a period of stagnation. For the future, Ivy plans to continue his campaign of public outreach, and make architecture relevant again by using it to solve real-world problems.

End Citizens United Backing Democrat Conor Lamb From Pennsylvania in Special Elections

     The election process in the United States has been in question lately for many reasons, and one of the primary reasons is the way these elections are funded. Huge corporations are dumping millions of dollar into the elections to back their choice of political candidate, which in a way takes away the essence of freedom from these elections. The money spent by the affluent individuals and corporations obliges these political parties and candidates to favor them when they win the elections. It has somewhat taken away the credential of the electoral process, and the people have started to doubt whether it is even worth going to vote. It is one of the reasons why turnout at the elections continues to deteriorate with time.

The issue of campaign funding rules has become a significant cause of concern in the United States, and one of the PAC that has been actively voicing the concern and spreading awareness about it is End Citizens United. The name End Citizens United has inspired from the Citizens United Vs. F.E.C lawsuit by which the Supreme Court passed the law that individuals and enterprises can spend as much money they wish to on the elections. End Citizens United is actively trying to overturn the verdict through the constitutional method. End Citizens United aims to back the candidates who have pledged to not take support from the corporate entities and rich individuals but instead rely on the grassroots donors for their election campaign funding.

Recently, End Citizens United announced that it would be supporting Democrat Conor Lamb from Pennsylvania in the upcoming special elections. Conor Lamb has worked as a marine in the past and also as the U.S. Federal Prosecutor. The track record of Conor Lamb as a public servant has been flawless and has caught the attention of the many voters, who welcomed him in the region when he was in his district for the rally and public events. Many of the veterans in this otherwise Republican stronghold have announced their support for Conor Lamb. End Citizens United would be backing Conor Lamb as well, but so far it has not been announced as to how much funds would be released to support his campaign.

End Citizens United was impressed with the fact that Conor Lamb has taken the no corporate money pledge. In opposition, Republican Rick Saccone is supported by two corporate Super PACs, which might lead to an upsetting result for the Republicans.

You may also read http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/05/james-bopp-citizens-united/ for more.

The New CEO of American Institute of Architect

     On Feb. 1st, 2011, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) appointed Robert Ivy to the position of executive vice president and CEO of the organization. Robert has been working with the Architectural Record as an editor-in-chief since the 1990s. With McGraw-Hill Construction, he serves as the current vice president and editorial director. There, he is in charge of the editorial quality of family publications and the management of the company’s personnel.

Robert Ivy has also worked as a principal with Ivy Architects. For 14 years, he was a managing partner at several companies, including Dean and Ivy, Dean/Dale and Dean. As of 2010, Alpha Rho Chi recognized him as Master Architect. A year before, he had won the Crane Award as one of the best contributors to American Business Media.

Robert Ivy has been working with the AIA board of directors since the early 1990s. In those many years, he has been known to be an advocate of architects in many spheres, including social environmental and political. As the vice president and CEO of the AIA, Robert will be managing the institute from the Washington, DC office that features a budget of $56 million annually and comprises of 206 employees.

His experience and expertise are expected to be his guiding light as he brings organizational focus on issues regarding design and practice to the attention of the institute. Robert would also be looking to demonstrate public’s understanding of architects and demonstrate the value of design in architecture. Working with more than 300 branches worldwide, he will be looking to raise support for all AIA members collaboratively.

In his own regard, Robert said that he respected AIA as an exceptional organization and was proud to be part of it. He mentioned that he considered the institute as the brand of standard design and professional architectural ethics that sends a reckoning message to communities and clients in the design enterprise. He was excited to join the board and work together with the staff, among other components. Robert was hopeful that together, they would enhance the valuable resources in the disposal of the institute to raise a committed workforce that transforms the economy and desires nothing but the best for its members.

Robert pursued his first degree at the University of the South, Tennessee before receiving a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University, Louisiana. In 1993, he was recognized as a fellow by the AIA College of Fellows. In 1992, he was able to publish his booked, Fay Jones: Architect, and has since become a member of the American Architecture Foundation and the International Circle of Architecture Critics. He is also on the advisory board of Urban Planning in Shanghai, China, Tongji University School of Architecture, Auburn University’s Rural Studio, Mississippi State University and Tulane University.

ALEXANDRE THE GREAT ENTREPRENEUR

About Alexandre Gama

Alexandre Gama was born in Rio de Janeiro on 1st June 1958 and is an advertising and businessman from Brazil. He is the chief executive officer of Neogama which is among the top advertising companies in Brazil.

Mr. Alexandre Gama was the first Brazilian international that was a leader of an international network of communication agency and the only Brazilian to be in the Global Creative Board. The Global Creative Board was a committee that involved six creative heads from the international Publicis Groupe Company.

 

About Neogama

This company was started in the year 1999 by an entrepreneur who was known all over Brazil because of his contribution to the advertisement industry. Started by Alexandre Gama, Neogama grew to be the first Advertisement agency in Brazil to win an award at Cannes Film Festival.

In the year 2002, Alexandre Gama got into association with Bartle Bogle Hegarty which is a leading advertisement company in London. Neogama owned the majority of shares in the business and went on to be awarded as the Agency of the Year as it now came to be known as Neogama/ BBH.

Neogama however in 2003, became the first company to scoop two Golden Lions in Cannes during the same year.

 

Achievements by Alexandre Gama

In the year 2006, Alexandra Gama was selected as the Director of the Agency of the Year by the Association of Professionals of Propaganda. The following year he got the Cabore Award that awarded him as the Manager/ Entrepreneur of the Communication Industry of the Year. He created an award-winning campaign for Johnnie Walker known as Sleeping Giant in an award carried out by Diageo.

Exploring Wealth in Natural Resources with Matt Badiali

     Matt Badiali is a popular and very skilled geologist. He attained his graduate qualification from Penn State University and later his Master’s degree in Florida Atlantic University. He worked for a drilling company as a geologist where he gained massive experience in the industry.

He also did some consultancy for a company dealing with environment. Agriculture has been the pivot of his career prior to joining Banyan Hill Publishing. This makes Badiali an expert and an authority in his field.

One remarkable aspect of Matt is his hands-on attitude and approach to his work. He has a very easy personality that makes him quite approachable. This way, he is able to interact with so many people and hence widen his knowledge scope and understating. He has managed to visit many countries in the line of his work. Needless to say, Badiali likes to get in the ground to investigate every project that he is working on

Most importantly, as an expert in mining, he has visited several mine sites and oil wells. With a first-hand experience, he is able to assess the quality of mines especially by checking out the drilling process. This way, he is able to tell how valuable the venture is, based on the ease of operation and its effectiveness.

At Banyan Hill Publishing, Matt Badiali has made a lot of contribution. This goes as far as conducting interviews to CEOs of mining companies to identify the current resources and technologies in use. He has also compiled geological data for access by experts and also interested parties in the industry.

This has seen Matt go an extra mile to teach Geology in universities. His publications and research work has also been presented in organized geological conferences. His works are some of the most popular that one may find in any institution of higher learning.

Matt is considered a great investor especially when it comes to mining. He has an experience of over 20 years in natural resources, a field he dearly treasures. As an investor, he is very keen in turning once-abandoned mines into profitable ventures.

To many financial analysts, the sector of natural resources is a hard one to crack. However, Matt’s background in geology and his experience as a financial analyst has seen him succeed in this field. You can also catch up with Matt’s work in his popular editorial of the Real Wealth Strategist.

Brazil Is Fortunate To Have Alexandre Gama In Its Advertising Agency

     Alexandre Gama has been one of the biggest names in advertising since 1982, when he entered the advertising realm of Brazil. He earned a formal education in advertising and communication at the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation.

After graduating in 1982, Mr. Gama was hired by Standard Ogilvy & Mather, working as a writer and content originator. In 1990, DM9 brought Alexandre Gama in, where he would stay until 1994. In 1996, Young & Rubicam brought Alexandre Gama in as their CEO and CCO. During that time, he also worked for Almap BBDO as a creative executive director. After 1999 rolled around, he formed Neogama, the eponymous advertising agency that quickly rose to be one of the most easily recognized in Brazil.

In the first three years Neogama was being operated, it was named the fastest growing organization of its kind in the entirety of Brazil. In 2006, Alexandre Gama was named one of the seven most important advertising professionals in Brazil by a board of his peers. That same year, he was also named Agency Director of the Year.

CEO Of the American Institute Of Architects Explains Unique Concept of Health And Sustainability In Modern Architecture

     Robert Ivy is the CEO and Executive Vice president of the American Institute of Architects. He has manned the helm of this organization since 2011. He is a passionate advocate for the promotion of public health, sustainability as well as disaster relief solutions through architecture. Robert Ivy has spent his career dedicated to creating innovative and sustainable architectural solutions that consider the uniqueness of site, program and budget both large and small.

How can this be done? Robert Ivy explains that public health has been maintained throughout history with design. It has been in such aspects as draining the unhealthy swamps in Washington D.C., to designing central park in New York City for the distinct purpose of facilitating better housing and promoting public health.

Buildings and cities can be strategically designed to better the environment and health. Just changing materials used in building can have an enormous impact on health. Architecture at its best has been proven to eliminate disease. Creating a building with stairs and walkways, access to sunlight and fresh air and water can better physical and emotional health.

The future of Architecture is based on skillful collaboration. Building teams of experts involved in building and constructing communities that promote health and productive communities is essential for making the world a better place.

A new sustainable approach to design is crucial to the future of architecture. With new environmental pressures facing the planet, we are now faced with the task of finding design solutions to fix environmental challenges. Designing buildings of beauty and with aesthetic quality will always be important, but we now face a more necessary function in finding renewable energy, using sustainable materials and finding low carbon alternatives. The future of modern design greatly depends on our ability to construct better quality buildings, while still thinking of how we can maintain a better a environment.

Robert Ivy served as Vice President & Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction and Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record magazine. Under his leadership this publication received the prestigious premier magazine journalism award, as well as the the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence. A high honor of achievement and distinguishment, not often attained by a professional journal. He is one of seven architects to hold the illustrious honor of “Master Architect” by Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity. He was awarded this honor for his effectiveness in communicating the value of design.

Robert Ivy attended University of the South in Tennessee and went on to receive his Masters of Arts in Architecture from Tulane University, Louisiana.

Lawyers Like Bruno Fagali is What is Right About the Brazilian Legal System

     The Brazilian legal system has come a long way in the last few decades. Previously unheard of undertakings such as former presidents being prosecuted have come to pass in the last two decades. Consequently, the country’s legal system is considered among the most mature in the world, with many of its Supreme Court rulings being relied on as precedents in other countries’ courts. The growth and maturity of the Brazilian legal system are being driven by, among other things, a breed of younger and more ethical lawyers. One particular standout in this breed is Bruno Fagali. The founder and leader of Sao Paulo-based law firm, Fagali Advocacy has extensive experience in administrative law, anti-corruption law, ethics and compliance law.

Unsurprisingly, Bruno Fagali has an extensive and accomplished academic background. For his academic studies, he attended the Pontiace Catholic University of Sao Paulo where he graduated with a law degree. Later, for his post-graduate studies the University of Sao Paulo, graduating with a master’s degree in Law of the State, Administrative law, and Anti-Corruption Law. While these two degrees are enviable academic qualifications on their own, Bruno Fagali realized that improving as a lawyer went beyond the scope of these two programs. Consequently, he has over the years completed a few certificate courses on various aspects of law from institutions such as the Brazilian Society of Public Law.

In addition to running his law firm, Bruno Fagali also works as the corporate integrity manager at Nova/sb. He has over the last two years developed and helped maintain a corporate integrity plan for the large advertising firm. With most of Nova/sb’s work being government contracts, Fagali’s work is essential and highly appreciated.

Free time is a hard luxury to come by for a man of Bruno Fagali’s stature. However, when he does get any, he prefers to spend it with his family. Alternatively, he also enjoys traveling and is often eager to interact with new cultures and languages. Fortunately, his job also allows him to travel often. The fruits of his numerous travels are seen in his high cultural competency level – he currently speaks Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish.

Fox News Medical Correspondent Dr. David Samadi Takes Your Health Questions on New Show

     American surgeon Dr. David B. Samadi, a medical correspondent for the Fox News Channel, will host a call-in medical show, named Sunday Housecall with Dr. David Samadi, on Sunday afternoons. Listeners in New York City might know Dr. Samadi from his program on am970 radio. Sunday Housecall airs at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time on Sundays beginning in September 2017.

Dr. Samadi is a board-certified urologist who specializes in the detection and treatment of prostate, bladder, and kidney cancers. He serves as Chief of Robotic Surgery and Chairman of the department of urology at New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Samadi belongs to both the American Medical Association and the American Urological Association. Since 2015, he has served as a urology professor at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Those with medical questions are invited to call in to the show to have their questions answered by either the guest health care provider on the program or by Dr. Samadi. Some callers will have their questions answered live on the air.

In addition to the show, people with questions for Dr. Samadi can also visit his blog, SamadiMD.com. Those who’ve recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer can call Dr. Samadi’s office at (212) 365-5000 for a consultation.

Although Dr. Samadi’s specializations are in urology, oncology, and minimally-invasive surgery, the show will cover a wide variety of health, wellness, and medical topics. These will include women’s health, men’s health, prostate health in particular, men’s and women’s sexual health, and common diseases as well food and exercise.

David B. Samadi was born in 1964 in Iran’s Persian Jewish community. With his brother, he fled Iran’s volatile religious and political climate in 1979. After a long journey that took him to Belgium and the United Kingdom, Dr. Samadi arrived in the United States, where he completed his high school education. He went on to study biochemistry at Stony Brook University, earn his medical degree from the Stony Brook School of Medicine, and then complete his post-graduate medical education at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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Sawyer Howitt Tips on How to Become a Pro Racquetball Player

     Sporting just like any career venture is very rewarding not only in monetary terms but it also gives you the pride and satisfaction. If you want to become a professional Racquetball player you do need to give it the attention it deserves regardless of how gifted you are. The following are some of the insights shared by Sawyer Howitt that will help you become a successful racquetball player.

Research

Before you think of going professional on your racquetball career, you need first to carry out some research. Ask yourself, what are your specific reasons for going professional? Doing so will help motivate you on the necessary steps to follow. For instance, if your motivation of becoming a professional athlete is to increase your earnings then you will need to research on how to optimize your revenues through the sport. Likewise, if your reasons are for self-fulfillment, then you will need to ways that help you achieve just that.

Have a Plan

A plan is a continuous record that helps you keep progress of your activities. As an athlete or racquetball player, you will fail to get the desired goals if you fail to have a plan. This said, your plan should be realistic and very much attainable therefore ensure you are real with yourself when coming up with your plan.

Get a Coach

If you want to be a professional racquetball player, a coach is one person that will come in handy. Note a coach is somebody who will help you with your training while at the same time motivating you to be better. Do not fear traveling far and wide or paying expensively to get a coach.

Do Not Compromise with Practice

Practice makes perfect. When it comes to any sport, racquetball included, no statement can emphasize on how to achieve success better than this. Take your training seriously as every second of it counts. However, ensure you are doing the right practice that will help you with your end goal.

About Sawyer Howitt

Sawyer Howitt is a businessperson with a keen eye on racquetball. Since a tender age, he has always enjoyed this sport and now seeks to help the players becoming professional by offering them insights on how to build themselves. Mr. Howitt is the current Project Manager at Meriwether Group and a second-year student. He loves giving to charity too.