Robert Ivy is the CEO and EVP of AIA (American Institute of Architects), a dynamic network of AIA of more than 250 chapters with more than 90,000-member design and architects’ professionals devoted to improving the built environment. Ivy as an architect is making the association strong through education, public outreach, and advocacy initiatives that assist members in serving communities and clients in a global period of change and challenge.
Since 2011, under the leadership of Ivy, AIA has changed to serve the profession of architecture in the current century. He’s repositioning American Institute of Architects from its usual rich legacy into an influential, responsive, and proactive organization. Ivy and the organization goals are mainly enhancing public awareness of the relevance and value of all architects.
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Currently, Ivy’s focus is to shift the resources of AIA to prepare architects in their role to address the pressing issues of today, including sustainability, climate change as well as the design impact on public health. Before his AIA service, Ivy worked at Architectural Record magazine as an editor in chief and at McGraw-Hill Construction as editorial director and vice president. Under the editorial leadership of Ivy, Architectural Record earned many publishing industry honors, such as an unusual professional journal achievement, General Excellence ASME National Magazine Award, and the premier awards for magazine journalism.
In 2009, Robert Ivy was given the Crain Award, which is the highest individual recognition for American Business Media. March 2010, the national fraternity for architecture, Alpha Rho Chi (APX), unanimously voted to name him the Master Architect for his success in communicating the design value. Ivy is sharing the title with iconic architects like I.M. Pei, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, John Wellborn Root, Eliel Saarinen, Cass Gilbert, and Nathan Clifford Ricker, who is the American architecture school’s first graduate.
He’s among the seven to get this honor in the 100-year of the fraternity history and also the only architect chosen in the current century. Ivy is a holder of the Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) from the Tulane University as well as a B.A. (with distinction) in English from the Sewanee.
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