The American Institute of Architects represents professionals and licensed architects in the industry of design and construction. The group was originally established in 1857 and has since appointed Robert Ivy as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President. The AIA selected Cottle Carr Yaw Architects of Basalt as the 2017 Architectural Firm of the Year. The award was given for producing noteworthy architecture over the last ten years.
The American Institute of Architects also seeks to recognize the student community. The Institute has sponsored a marshmallow and spaghetti building challenge for students in grades 2 to 8. The event was held in Staten Island, N.Y. by the Staten Island Chapter of the AIA. The AIA effectively facilitates meetings to let people propose outside-the-box solutions. The Santa Barbara Chapter of the AIA held a charrette to discuss ideas to improve State Street. Solutions were proposed to address housing, transportation, public engagement, and retail.
Robert Ivy is the CEO of the American Institute of Architects. He was named a Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi in 2010. Alpha Rho Chi is a national architecture fraternity. The group voted unanimously towards Ivy’s communication of the value of design. Ivy is the only architect to have received this award in the 21st century. He also earned the G.D. Crain Award for Lifetime Contributions in 2009. Ivy is from Columbus, Mississippi and currently lives in Washington, D.C.
He was the editor in chief of Architectural Record in 1996. During his tenure, he helped the publication become one of the most popular architecture journals in the world. Architectural Records has received 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards, MPA Digital Award for Website of the Year in 2008, and 7 Ozzies.
Robert Ivy is a senior fellow at the Design Futures Council. The Council focuses on finding leaders in different fields; engineering, architecture, construction, design, development, and technology. The group organizes annual meetings centered around strategically important topics such as sustainability, education, and applied innovation.
Ivy has stated, “Sustainability is now widely embraced, and has been embedded into our designs…” He feels that architects are responsible for coming up with design solutions for the potential issues with a growing population. Robert Ivy sits on the jury chair of the Super Jury. The Super Jury judges a few different awards programs at the World Architecture Festival; the Future Project, World Landscape, and Completed Building of the Year.