American Institute of Architects Gets a New CEO

     Robert Ivy, who is a Fellow of The Board of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), was appointed to be new Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of that well-known and highly respected organization on December 16, 2010. The new office became effective for Mr. Ivy on February 1, 2011.

Editor in Chief of Architectural Record

Ivy himself has also been the Architectural Record’s Editor in Chief since 1996, as well as Editorial Director/VP of McGraw-Hill Construction, which included overseeing the editorial excellence of a wide range of construction and design publications for a major editorial organization.

Robert Ivy Thru the Years

Robert IVY received a Bachelor of Arts from Tennessee’s University of the South and a Master’s in Architecture from Tulane University in Louisiana. His elevation to the AIA College of Fellows was in 1993. In addition, Robert is a former partner in Ivy Architects, as well as a managing partner of Dean/Dale, Dean, and Ivy for almost 14 years. He also received the 2009 Crane Award, which is the top award of American Business Media for his lifetime contribution to business media. Alpha Rho Chi also recognized Robert Ivy as Master Architect because of his communication to a whole new generation of the value of design.

Advocate for Architects

Robert Ivy is probably best known for being an advocate for the architectural field regarding a number of the most significant political, social, and environmental issues that routinely affect the architectural and building environment. Not only that but he is dedicated to being a loyal AIA member after also serving on the organization’s Board of Directors throughout the 1990s.

Managing National Office & More

In the new AIA position, Robert Ivy will be managing its national office, which is located in Washington, DC. The organization has 206 employees and an annual budget of $56 million. He will be directing the organization’s focus on both design and issues of practice, while also enhancing the AIA’s voice and demonstrating the overall value of design. He is also working collaboratively with more than 300 nationwide AIA chapters while also overseeing all of the support to members of the AIA.

Founded in 1857 for the purpose of elevating the standing of the profession and promoting the scientific and practical perfection of its members, the AIA has 90,000+ members and five membership levels:

  1. Architect members (AIA)
  2. Associate members (Assoc. AIA)
  3. International associate members
  4. Emeritus members
  5. Allied members

How Dick Devos is changing the Face of Their Town

Dick Devo’s is no doubt a well-known individual in his town. He has spent most of his time investing in various societal related contributions. These range from politics, education and social order.

 

 

For instance, his campaign against the development of a sports stadia outside the CBD led to the formation of a Grand Action committee. The committee consisted of a cluster of businesspeople, representatives from Michigan University School, the Devos convention Centre among other bodies. The action committee was to deliberate on the improvement of the Van Andel Arena, a project being pushed by the businessmen and women.

 

 

As heirs to their family throne, Dick and his wife Betsy have been trying to use the funds to change various institutions and their respective inefficient policies. Since they are also leading donors in different political platforms, they have used the different political influence and control to change some laws relating to labor and education.

 

 

Well, the politics of this couple extends beyond the Republican ideologies and politics, the party they are known to support vehemently. Their policies aimed at improving the livelihoods of children, women and the elderly in the society.

 

 

Since 1989, the family has used over $138.7 million in support of various courses in the nation. These courses spread over to education, arts, and culture, leadership programs, humanitarian services, policy reforms, private school scholarships among other factors.

 

 

In the year 2006, the couple donated a whopping $12.5 million towards the construction and setup of a children’s hospital. The hospital is currently named after the mother of Dick, Hellen Devo’s

 

 

According to Dick Devo’s the chairman of the hospital corporate bond, the hospital has improved the livelihood of parents in the area. Now, parents do not have to take a day off from work all drive all the way to Chicago to seek treatment.

 

 

In furtherance of his support for education, Dick launched the Dick Devo’s education initiatives. Some of these efforts include the launch of Aviation Charter School located next to the Grands International Airport.

 

 

His wife, Betsy Devo’s lauded the programs saying that the program has sought to remedy the difference to assess of education between the poor and the wealthy families. Now, the poor and the rich can comfortably enjoy their studies without having to worry about where to get the school fees.

 

 

But, one would wonder why the couple heavily invests in education. Betsy argues that the current education system in the country is no reflection of the American dream. In simpler terms, the current system of education as currently constituted is a recipe for civil rights problems. The couple believes that the only way out of this mess is by standardizing the training across the country and ensure it is affordable to all citizens. The desire to develop an education system that accommodates all people irrespective of their economic and social status saw the couple unsuccessfully try to enshrine private school vouchers in law from the public kitty.

 

 

The role of Betsy Devo’s in education is one of the reasons President Trump noted when appointing her as the United States Secretary of Education.

 

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