Robert Ivy is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The American Institute of Architects is a dynamic network with over 250 chapters and 90,000 members. The members of the American Institute of Architects are all architects and design professionals whose goal is to enhance the built environment.
Robert Ivy, as a member of this association, and fellow architect, strengthens the group through advocacy, public outreach and education initiatives with a goal of helping clients and communities during this era of challenge and change. Mr. Ivy is actually a big supporter of efforts to reduce climate change. He helped introduce an energy bill provision regarding fossil fuel use for federal buildings.
Robert Ivy has been the CEO of the American Institute of Architects since 2011 and has accomplished very much in that time. There has been much change in the architecture profession and Mr. Ivy is helping AIA keep up with this change. Ivy is transforming the AIA to become a more proactive, responsive and influential organization. He has several noteworthy accomplishments including streamlining AIA governance, which in turn improved decision-making. His current focus is to prepare architects for their role in today’s pressing issues, especially climate change, sustainability and the impact of public health.
Robert Ivy received his Masters of Architecture degree from Tulane University, and his Bachelors of Arts in English from The University of the South, in Sewanee. Before becoming Executive Vice President and Chief Executive officer of the American Institute of Architects, he had an interesting career history. His other positions mainly dealt with publishing. From 1981 until 1996, he was a principal at Dean & Ivy and a publication critic. After that, in 1996, he became Editor in Chief of the Architectural Record. He helped grow this company into the world’s biggest and most well-known architectural journal. Ivy then became Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, including the magazine GreenSource.
Robert Ivy has won many prestigious awards during his career. Under his leadership, the Architectural Record earned several publishing industry honors. These included awards such as the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Personally, in 2009 Robert Ivy was awarded the Crain Award, which represents the American Business Media’s highest recognition for an individual. In 2010, Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity named Ivy a “Master Architect”.