American Institute of Architects: Safety, Teaching and Design

As the importance of architecture continuously grows, many have managed to propel the field to new heights. One of the most notable names, Robert Ivy, has dedicated a lifetime of knowledge and achievements to educating and expanding architectural field.

The Columbus, Mississippi native graduated Cum Laude from Sewanee. He furthered his education at Tulane University where he earned his Masters in architecture. Expanding his platform, Robert Ivy used his knowledge to help others in his field.

In 1996 Robert became the leading Editor in Chief of the largest and most widely read architectural journal, titled Architectural Record. Successfully expanding his career, he then became President and Editorial Director of McGraw Hill Construction Media.

In 2011 Robert Ivy was named CEO of AIA (American Institute of Architects). Together with AIA, Robert has helped the organization reach an array of achievements and global recognition.

AIA was originally formed 1857. With 13 original members, the official AIA was formed. The group shared a common goal of architecture advocacy and architectural education to both the public and professional architects.

AIA now consists of an estimated 90,000 members. The organization has an upwards of over 230 chapters worldwide and are established in many major cities across the globe. AIA chapters include New York City, Japan, Shanghai, London, Canada, Hong Kong and even the Middle East. The Washington, DC based orginaztion also holds strong relationships with many other organizations and professional fields throughout the world.

AIA maintains a professional platform of equity and diversity. The organization offers a variety of programs designed specifically to include a diverse membership and celebrate the quality of differences amongst the group. Currently, the organization is engaged in several initiatives to further their nonbias system of inclusion. These efforts include Multi Cultural Summits, Women Leadership Summits and Equity in Architecture Commission. Visit AIA at The New York Times to know more.

The large organization also maintains safety as a guiding principle. The SAP Program (Safety Assessment Program) provides an array of training for its architects, inspectors and building officials. The program provides individuals with safety evacuation knowledge, protocol and assist them in evacuating homes, infrastructure and buildings following a disaster. Since 1972, AIA has held the Disaster Assistance Program to ensure their members are prepared to assist communities nationwide.

Robert Ivy as well as AIA are collectively working to educate, protect and expand architects worldwide. The group has uses its platform in charitable events and are continuously advancing their overall goal. Learn more: