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I founded Build Academy in 2013 which was one of the first organizations specializing in online education and professional solutions for the built environment. So far, more than 100,000 people have participated in Build Academy’s online courses and innovation challenges, including architects, engineers, designers, and real estate developers. Build Academy teaches online courses in the architectural space with the intent of providing open access to skills and knowledge to anyone anywhere around the world. In addition to education, their community has expanded into a crowd-sourcing platform for providing innovative solutions to some of the world’s most urgent problems within the built environment such as building emergency shelters, resilient homes, schools, infrastructure, technology, and establishing prototypes for smart cities. Build Academy became a platform that bridges academia, the private and public sectors, NGOs, global experts and professionals with the mission to create a better environment for our cities and communities.

Online Education 

 We are a professional online provider of continuing education approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for the fields of architecture, engineering, real estate and construction. We are one of the first online platforms to teach architecture, and as such, we have formed a global community of professionals and companies looking to collaborate, learn, and develop essential skills and knowledge around the built environment. 

Through our e-learning platform, we deliver professional training for the building industry, architecture, and real estate enthusiasts. As pioneers in the field of online architecture education, we have also empowered our international community of practitioners and enthusiasts to apply their skills on solving real-world problems and designing high-impact projects through the various global challenges that we have run and the subsequent courses that accompanied them. 

NY Architecture Tours  

The best way to learn about architecture is to experience it. We invite you to join our walking tours and explore this extraordinary city. We have run weekend walking tours lasting 4 hours from a unique architectural lens to learn the secrets of New York’s most exquisite buildings.

Global Challenges 

Develop solutions to some of the world’s pressing problems. We run specific project-based courses around different real-life disaster situations where participants work in groups to develop solutions. Some of our past challenges include Resilient Homes, Resilient Schools, etc.


I applied his knowledge as an entrepreneur as a mentor in two startup accelerators StartEd in New York and Katapult in Oslo where he helped other entrepreneurs with the strategies and growth of their companies. In 2018-19 he thaught entrepreneurship and management to the leaders of the IT industry in Bangladesh.


At Build Academy, Ivan’s goal is to build a global ecosystem of organizations & professionals within the building industry who work collaboratively and share their skills, knowledge, and projects through an open-source platform. To date, he has collaborated with governments, NGOs, the World Bank, UN, and AirBnB, on multiple impact projects. He has built a community to crowd-source designs for sustainable buildings, solar lights, affordable housing & other functional resources focused on improving the human condition in underdeveloped areas. His mission is to cultivate a global impact community of professionals and companies who seek to build more conscious, resilient, and sustainable habitats, all with the goal of creating the prototype for the future cities of humanity. 

Social Impact

 As the founder of Build Academy, I am best known for social impact work on rebuilding communities and cities destroyed by natural disasters. I have cultivated an international membership of 20,000+ professionals, working together on 7 global design challenges, and creating a platform for open source design. Together with my team, I also developed 30+ online courses and programs to educate and empower the global creative community with skills and knowledge to build better. Our work has been widely published and featured at conferences and exhibitions in the USA, Switzerland, Kenya, the Philippines and the United Nations in NY.