Robert ivy is the CEO and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A) which is based in Washington D.C. He attended Sewanee, the University of the South and graduated with a bachelor of arts in English. He is also a holder of a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University.
Throughout his career he has worked with different organizations, he was a principal at Dean and Ivy and Dean/ Dale. In 1996 he was named editor-in-chief of Architectural Record which grew under his leadership into one of the world’s most read architectural journals. He later became the Editorial Director and Vice President of McGraw -Hill Construction Media which constitutes of; HQ magazine, Sweets, Architectural Record, SNAP, GreenSource and The Magazine of Sustainable Design.
Robert Ivy has won several awards, amongst them is the McGraw-Hill Award in 1998 for Management Excellence and the Crain Award in 2009. In 2010, he was the only 21st-century architect collectively voted as ‘Master of Architect’ by the national architecture fraternity, Alpha Rio Chi, amongst the seven in the fraternity’s 100-year history. He was selected due to his efficiency in communicating the values and importance of architecture. Robert Ivy was amongst the jury panel that chose Frank Gehry as the architect responsible for designing the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. Architectural Record received several publishing industry awards under Robert’s editorial leadership. These awards include, the 2008 MPA Digital Award for the website of the year, 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards, the premier magazine journalism award, Folio Design awards and the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He is the writer of the biography Fay Jones; Architect where he speaks about the significance of architecture in the day to day life.
Robert Ivy strengthens A.I.A. through reaching out to the public, supporting and launching educational initiatives that facilitate members to serve clients and the community effectively according to the global era of challenges and change. Since he started working as the CEO he has helped transform AIA into a practical, receptive and prominent organization through creating public awareness of the value and importance of architects. Amongst his accomplishments in AIA are modernizing AIA governance to improve decision-making, initiating an award-winning public awareness campaign and building a new digital technology infrastructure. He is also focusing on the preparation of the architects for their role in dealing with current urgent issues such as sustainability, climate change and the impact of architectural design on public health.