While it’s not common for architects to affiliate themselves with matters on public health or climate change, Robert Ivy proves himself an exception. He advocates for public health officials and architects to join hands in creating architecture that will promote an active, connected and a toxin free 21st century through design strategies like biophilia. In a publication on Huffington Post, he explained how Seattle Children’s Hospital used biophilic design and how its elements play a crucial role in improving the mood and overall health of the children. Robert Ivy is known to retaliate the role of architects in society, as well as their use of new technology in improving public health and sustainability.
Renowned author and instructor, Robert Ivy is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), since 2011. Prior to this role, he served as Editor in Chief of Architectural Record, the world’s leading architectural journal from 1996-2011. He was, during the same period, Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill construction media. He also was a juror on the panel that elected Frank Gehry to design the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. Robert Ivy also served as principal at Dean/Dale, Dean/Ivy from 1981 to 1996. He wrote the famous 2001 ‘Fay Jones: Architect’ biography which showcased the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, now in its 3rd edition.
Robert Ivy is a highly decorated architect, and one of seven to be voted Master Architect. He was given this honor when the national architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi voted him Master Architect in 2011. He has won several awards during his leadership at Architectural Record and is also Senior Fellow at Design Futures Council. He graduated from Tulane University in 1976 with a Masters of Architecture. He had earlier in 1969 graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South, with a Bachelor of Arts. Today he leads AIA, a powerful organization of almost 90,000 members, with a unique plan of enhancement by public outreach, education and advocacy.