Robert Ivy is the current Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He holds a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University and a Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of the South.
Before joining the AIA Ivy had made tremendous accomplishments in his career. He contributed greatly to the growth of the Architectural Record which made it the most read architectural journal when he was working as the Editor-In-Chief, Editorial Director and the Vice President of McGraw Hill Construction. He could also address the political and social issues on how the built environment and the impact of architecture on climate. During his reign, the Architectural Record won several awards such as the premier magazine award. He was also voted as the “Master Architect” by the National Architecture Fraternity for his excellent communication skills he used in communicating the value of Design.
Since his appointment as the EVP and CEO of AIA in 2011, Robert Ivy has mainly focused on addressing two major issues, that is , the role of architects in the society and the future of architecture. In 2012, during an Annual meeting in Clinton Global initiative, he rolled out a plan that would see AIA dedicate ten years in designing programs such as community planning, research grants and digital programs that would help in improving public health. His efforts to create awareness and understanding on essential roles that architectures play in the society has placed AIA in a better position to address the socio-economic and creative challenges facing architecture.
Robert Ivy’s remarkable accomplishments and professionalism at the AIA have not gone unrecognized. In April 2018, he was honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) and he will be officially acknowledged in 2ND June. He became the first architect to win this award which recognizes the existing artists and art patrons with extraordinary lifetime accomplishments in creating, performing and supporting art in Mississippi. Nancy LaForge, the President of MIAL acknowledged that Ivy had been honored for his exceptional efforts in ensuring that architecture was easily accessible to the general public in Mississippi. LaForge further added that as an acclaimed writer, author on global architecture Ivy deserved to be highly admired list of the Noel Polk Award honorees. Carl Elefante, FAIA, the AIA president hailed Robert Ivy as a worthy ambassador of the architect profession sighting that the award was a clear indicator of his personal and professional achievements.
Under his reign, AIA has been established as global organization and it has the a record high membership level since its establishment 160 years ago.
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The Lefkofsky Family Foundation was founded by Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Liz in 2006. The Foundation is a private charitable foundation that is designed to enhance the lives of the people in the community by focuses on four key areas, education, human rights, cultural initiatives and, medical research. In education, the Lefkofsky Family Foundation created High School Bound, a tool designed to allow students to explore the various options available for the selection of a high school. The Lefkofsky Family Foundation also created Success Bound, Afterschool Matters, and Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), all are invaluable resources enhancing educational opportunities for students in Chicago.
Eric Lefkofsy is the co-founder of Tempus, a Chicago based healthcare information technology company. Tempus that uses the power of artificial intelligence to sift through healthcare data to explore new ways of fighting cancer. Tempus has relationships with the entire spectrum of healthcare entities, including doctors, clinical data, hospitals and pharmaceutical data. Tempus is on the cutting edge of a healthcare revolution, because for the first time in history we have the technology to truly utilize historical healthcare data with real-time molecular data to identify potential breakthroughs in the fight against cancer.
Tempus announced they had gotten $ 70 million in investments during Series Round C from Revolution Growth and New Enterprise Associate. Eric Lefkofsky says the investments are pouring in due to fact investors are realizing we are entering a new era in the fight against cancer. Tempus is building a molecular clinical library of data, and taking a data approach to fight cancer. With machine learning technology, Tempus is creating genomic sequences. Eric Lefkofsky’s other company UpTake Technologies announced they secured $ 90 million in investments during the Series B round. New Enterprise Associates and Revolution Growth are among the latest investors to Tempus.
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It starts with a dream, then a driving force to turn passion into a reality. This is evident in the life of Ronald Fowlkes whose dreams and passion was to serve his country diligently. Not long after completion of high school, he joined the Marine forces which gave him the direct opportunity to be of service to his country. Almost all his life he has worked in the law enforcement section ensuring that the people are safe in all their endeavors.
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