New American Institute of Architects CEO Appointed

     Ever since 1857, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has been the most important organization looking after the industry and the professional concerns of licensed architects construction design professionals. The AIA Board has selected a new Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer, Robert Ivy, FAIA.

13 architects founded the AIA in New York City to promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members, and to increase the professional status of architects as a professional, enhancing their status. Richard Upjohn served as the AIA’s first president. At the time, there were no architectural licensing laws or dedicated schools of architecture. Anybody could claim they were a qualified architect. The group filed for incorporation, and kept inviting many more respected architects to join. Soon they established chapters all around the country. They currently have over 300 chapters.

Robert Ivy has long been a respected and influential architect. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record since 1996. He has served on the Board of Directors of the AIA since the 1990s. His long and distinguished career includes working as principal of Ivy Architects and as the managing partner of Dean/Dale, Dean and Ivy for nearly 14 years. in 2009 the American Business Media gave him the Crane Award for his outstanding lifetime contributions to business media. In 2010 the architectural fraternity Alpha Rho Chi recognized him as a Master Architect for his outstanding contributions in teaching architecture to the younger generation.

Robert Ivy will manage the AIA’s headquarters in Washington D.C. Carl Elefante, FAIA, serves as the AIA President. Over 90,000 licensed architects and associated professionals belong to the AIA. AIA members are required to adhere to a code of ethics and to high standards of professional conduct. The AIA wants the general public, and especially clients and colleagues of the high professional quality and caliber of AIA members.

The AIA’s highest honor is the Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) designation. Only AIA members who have made contributions to AIA and the profession at the national level are awarded the FAIA designation. Both Robert Ivy and Carl Elefante have earned this title. Ivy was elevated to the College of Fellows in 199. Just 2% of all members, 2,600, have earned this designation electing them to the AIA College of Fellows. The AIA membership is for architects licensed to practice within the United States. However, the AIA can designate prominent architects outside the country as Honorary Fellows of the AIA.

The AIA helps to improve and develop the professionalism of its members. It provides opportunities to continue their architectural education and development.

Robert Ivy earned his Bachelor of the Arts degree from the University of the South in Tennessee. He completed his Masters in Architecture from Tulane University in Louisiana.

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Mike Baur Is Happier Running A Startup Accelerator Than What 20 Plus Years In Banking Brought Him

Mike Baur is an investor who is sold on the power of young entrepreneurs being able to change the business world through pairing creativity with financial resources and business coaching. Baur brings these two factors together through the program he runs at the Swiss Startup Factory in Zurich, Switzerland. What this accelerator has done is brought some much needed diversity to a nation that’s put so much into the financial industry over the years. Baur knows investing in brand new businesses means new risk assessments on the part of venture capitalists, but the potential for big rewards in many of these non-traditional companies is too large to ignore.

 

Mike Baur was originally working towards becoming one of Switzerland’s top banking figures with his career starting at UBS, one of the largest banks at the time. Switzerland has a long history of bringing people into the workforce starting in high school, and Baur was only 16 when he started learning the duties of an account manager at UBS. He was told if he followed a plan set forth by a UBS human resources specialist that he would make it to a high role at UBS and have a wealthy retirement at the end of it. He did very well in both advisory and management roles at UBS, and he later left that bank when the recession hit to take things to the next level at Clariden Leu. But the aftermath of the recession had changed a lot in banking in the following years that he decided it was no longer what he wanted to do.

 

In 2014, Mike Baur gathered partners in both venture capital and private equity firms to launch his accelerator at the SSUF. The company has a streamlined system that lasts three months for bringing along startup ideas and turning them into full-fledged companies over the course of three months, and part of the process includes outdoor physical activities intended to test entrepreneurs’ thinking, and pitch competitions that allow them to become familiar with what investors are looking for. Mike Baur specifically likes the routine he follows at the SSUF because he can take care of technical administrative items in the early morning hours and spend the rest of the day meeting face-to-face with entrepreneurs. So far thousands of startups have made it through the three-month process, though few have been able to receive capital and obtain the free office space offered at SSUF.