Robert Ivy has been outspoken in recent years about the need for design and architect professionals to collaborate with other industries. This need stems from the ability of architecture to play a vital role in helping curb health-related issues of the 21st century namely diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
Ivy has always been on the forefront of innovation in the architectural industry. As the Chief Executive Officer and President of the American Institute of Architecture, Ivy feels it is his responsibility to expand the reach of the field. Ivy was named as CEO and President of the AIA after nearly 30 years of experience as an architect, critic, publisher, and author.
Ivy attended Sewanee: The University of the South where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in English and graduate cum laude. He then moved south to New Orleans where he attended Tulane University and received a master’s degree in Architecture in 1981. He received an off to join the long-time architectural firm, Dean/Dale and Dean in Jackson, Mississippi as an associate. Ivy soon was promoted to a principal at the firm and it became known as Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy.
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While working as an architect, Ivy began to become known in the industry as an avid critic. His work was feature in numerous magazine, newsletters, and industry publications. He wrote and published the authoritative biographer of Fay Jones, titled Fay Jones: Architect. This book became wildly popular and is currently on its third printing.
Ivy left the firm in 1996 and became the Editorial Director at McGraw-Hill Construction Media and the Editor in Chief of the Architectural Record, the leading industry magazine. His work has been given numerous awards and accolades over the years and Ivy is largely considered the biggest proponent of architecture in the world. His work has earned him the ever-prestigious “Master Architect” distinction from Alpha Ro Chi, one of only seven such distinctions given in over 100 years.
Robert Ivy has been actively encouraging architects to work with local city and state planners to design parks and buildings that encourage exercise and healthy living. This can include things such as designing building with stairs and parks that require physical activity to access them. By collaborating with other industries, architecture can help solve the health issues that face the world today such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
Ivy believes that we all have a responsibility to solve these problems and that architecture and design do not have to be compromised in the mean time. He calls for architects all over the world, via his role as CEO of AIA, to open themselves up to working with other industries and remain open-minded.