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.