On Feb. 1st, 2011, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) appointed Robert Ivy to the position of executive vice president and CEO of the organization. Robert has been working with the Architectural Record as an editor-in-chief since the 1990s. With McGraw-Hill Construction, he serves as the current vice president and editorial director. There, he is in charge of the editorial quality of family publications and the management of the company’s personnel.
Robert Ivy has also worked as a principal with Ivy Architects. For 14 years, he was a managing partner at several companies, including Dean and Ivy, Dean/Dale and Dean. As of 2010, Alpha Rho Chi recognized him as Master Architect. A year before, he had won the Crane Award as one of the best contributors to American Business Media.
Robert Ivy has been working with the AIA board of directors since the early 1990s. In those many years, he has been known to be an advocate of architects in many spheres, including social environmental and political. As the vice president and CEO of the AIA, Robert will be managing the institute from the Washington, DC office that features a budget of $56 million annually and comprises of 206 employees.
His experience and expertise are expected to be his guiding light as he brings organizational focus on issues regarding design and practice to the attention of the institute. Robert would also be looking to demonstrate public’s understanding of architects and demonstrate the value of design in architecture. Working with more than 300 branches worldwide, he will be looking to raise support for all AIA members collaboratively.
In his own regard, Robert said that he respected AIA as an exceptional organization and was proud to be part of it. He mentioned that he considered the institute as the brand of standard design and professional architectural ethics that sends a reckoning message to communities and clients in the design enterprise. He was excited to join the board and work together with the staff, among other components. Robert was hopeful that together, they would enhance the valuable resources in the disposal of the institute to raise a committed workforce that transforms the economy and desires nothing but the best for its members.
Robert pursued his first degree at the University of the South, Tennessee before receiving a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University, Louisiana. In 1993, he was recognized as a fellow by the AIA College of Fellows. In 1992, he was able to publish his booked, Fay Jones: Architect, and has since become a member of the American Architecture Foundation and the International Circle of Architecture Critics. He is also on the advisory board of Urban Planning in Shanghai, China, Tongji University School of Architecture, Auburn University’s Rural Studio, Mississippi State University and Tulane University.