Robert Ivy is a big part of the architectural world and has been since the early 80s. He started working as a principal at Dean/Dale, Dean, & Ivy, which is a firm he co-founded. Robert Ivy also worked and still works as a critic and architecture.
His critiquing skills earned him several editorial positions at numerous architectural publication companies. The one publication he worked that everyone in the architecture industry knows about is Architectural Record. Thanks to Robert Ivy’s leadership, that publication became the number-one read architectural journal in the world.
Currently, he still serves as editor of several publications but spends most of his time heading up the American Institute of Architects. He joined the American Institute of Architects as EVP and Chief Executive Officer. Now, he leads the organization in its mission to promote professional perfection within its own community of members.
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Not every architect is a member of the American Institute of Architects. The American Institute of Architects was founded in 1857 to make architecture a serious profession. Before the American Institute of Architects formed, anyone could themselves an architect because there were no licensing laws anywhere in the United States.
Now, the American Institute of Architects is dedicated to ensuring that every one of its members is the best of the best. Anyone not up to the American Institute of Architects’ standards is denied access or kicked out if they’ve already been accepted and mess up unforgivably.
Part of the American Institute of Architects’ new mission is to protect its members and the profession from restricting laws placed on them by federal, state, or local policymakers. The American Institute of Architects works closely with all levels of government to ensure that all architects are properly represented when it comes to making new laws or bylaws.
The American Institute of Architects also dedicates its time to the redevelopment of communities affected by natural disaster. When communities are being rebuilt, people don’t stop to think about who designs all those new houses. Architecture isn’t just fancy buildings; it’s involved in every building that’s ever been designed and built.
In 2013, the American Institute of Architects created the “Designing Recovery” contest. It was a contest to allow up and coming architects to design single-family housing for communities affected by storms.