American Institute of Architects has a unique place in the mind of not only Americans but architects around the world. The professional organization set up by architects of United States has a unique public image and works as a link between the players in the design and building industries. It offers community redevelopment, education, public outreach, and government advocacy to the construction industry as well as the public in the country. The primary organization for architects is founded in 1857 and headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Currently, AIA has over 90,000 certified architects and other associated professionals as its members. As part of its community development mission, AAI architects work with governments in formulating policies that can alter the practices to make them enhancing the quality of the life of people in the United States. It monitors various regulatory and legislative actions and uses its expertise to influence the decision making in federal, local, and state administrative and legislative divisions. Interestingly, the community-based programs developed by AIA works with governments and legislatures to improve the design of public areas, develop affordable and well-designing housing solutions for the people of America, and protect the infrastructure of the country.https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-ivy-143b741
As the Chief Executive of the organization, Robert Ivy leads the organization in all its missions. He is also working as the Executive Vice President of AIA from 2011. Ivy currently leads the organization in a major transformation – repositioning it for the needs and requirements of the 21st century. While taking up any new projects, Ivy ensures that core values of the organization have strictly adhered. Under his leadership, AIA committed for a ten-year development program that focuses on solutions based on sustainability, resiliency, and public health to various natural disasters, especially in the urban areas. The comprehensive plan has university researches with grants, community level executions, software projects to handle situations, and more. Due to the recent natural disasters, it has got an increased significance.
Robert says that design can play an important role in public health, and it was proved many times in the past. He says that Central Park in New York was an attempt to remove substandard housing with an amazing recreational and breathing space. Now, the Park plays a pivotal role in the public health of New York City. Ivy says that new generation architects have new interests and look for complex issues and solutions for that. He continued that they are extreme importance to public health.