When you think of architectural design, you may think of the lone architect, an isolated genius hunched over hundreds of sheets of paper, madly scrawling the design for his grand creation. However, in recent days, the perception of architects has begun to change. No longer are they the isolated genius, but rather, they’re masters of leadership, cooperation, and problem-solving.
They work to make the world a better place through architecture, and there’s no organization which understands this better than the American Institute of Architects, an architectural organization spanning over 300 chapters worldwide and dating back to the 19th century. The AIA dedicates itself to the success of its members; cooperation both within and without, and, of course, creativity.
In 2011, the AIA was placed under the leadership of Robert Ivy, renowned architect and talented leader. As the CEO and VP of the AIA, he has helped to drive the organization forward into the modern age and has seen continued success over the past several years.
Robert Ivy Leads the AIA to Growth and Prosperity
After Ivy was elevated to the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of the American Institute of Architects, his first order of business was to settle into his national office in Washington, DC. He was given a substantial budget, in excess of $50 million, 206 employees, and responsibility for every single one of over 300 chapters. Using these newly granted resources, Ivy set about turning the AIA into a more modern, and more powerful organization. He shifted them from a stagnant and almost outdated group to a modern architectural organization. He put a strong focus on solving environmental and societal problems through architecture and engaging the public in the fields of design and architecture. His efforts paid off, and the AIA has once again become one of the most prestigious architectural organizations in the world.
Before he became their CEO and VP, Ivy was by no means just another architect. He had served on the AIA’s board since the 90s and had been granted the prestigious title of Master Architect, as well as a number of awards. His work is legendary, and he is, arguably, one of the best architects of the 21st century. A strong advocate for architectural publicity and engaging the public, Robert Ivy fit right into the leadership role and worked to design and build a better AIA. Whether he was successful has yet to be determined, but one can be certain that he’s at least on the right track, and that the organization has a very bright future to look forward to under Robert Ivy’s guidance. With more young architects than ever, and a strong focus on cooperation and collaboration with other fields, architecture as a whole looks to have a lot of promise as well.