Robert Ivy is the CEO of the American Institute of Architects. The profession recognizes Robert Ivy as the force bringing the organization into a new era where architect must consider designs that are sustainable. Under his leadership, AIA has grown to become known internationally. Now, the organization’s focus is on sustainable design.

For his long dedication to the field, he received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes people of Mississippi who have performed, created, or supported works of art. This is a quite an honor, since it is the first time that an architect has received such an award. However, it is not surprising since his professional life is dedicated to creating structures where form follows function.

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His philosophy with respect to architecture is to find creative ways to make it more accessible to the public. Architects of tomorrow will have to be business people as well, and design with environmental changes that will affect the world going forward. For instance, climate change is real. How will it affect the way buildings are constructed close to the sea line? For sure, it is a challenge, but his organization has gained a lot of notoriety for pointing the profession in the right direction.

At the moment, the AIA is at its highest level of influence and membership. The organization is 160 years old. Before taking on the role of CEO of AIA, Robert Ivy was the chief editor for a McGraw-Hill architectural publication. His publication received numerous awards around the world for its excellence in covering all things related to architecture. For China, he launched a Mandarin version of his publication Architectural Record. Robert Ivy continues to set the standard for what an architect should be. As such, the entire world benefits from his dedication, commitment, and hard work.

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