Robert Ivy is the EVP and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has been since 2011. The AIA is a collective of architects that has worked for 160 years to improve the quality of life of people in the United States as well as protect their welfare and safety. With more than 90,000 architect members and 250 chapters the organization hopes to share information that will help to make our built environment a better place to live. With Robert at the helm, the AIA is slowly transforming into an organization that has influence and that takes action in communities throughout the nation.
Robert Ivy was also the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record, which he helped to grow into a very successful publication. He also acted as the Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, which publishes a spread of magazines that cover a range of topics. Under his leadership, in 2003, the magazine was awarded with the National Magazine Award for General Excellence as well as a spread of other awards from the business press. Ivy always felt that working as editor for the Architectural Record was a dream come true.
Robert Ivy has won his fair share of awards and has been recognized for his efforts and architectural skills time and time again. He was given the Crain Award, in 2009, for his work with the press, which is the highest award that the American Business Media grants. Alpha Rho Chi, an architectural fraternity, granted him the title of Master Architect in 2010. This may not sound like a big deal but, the fact is, in all of its 100 years in existence, the fraternity has only granted this title to 7 people. Robert Ivy is the only person to be named a Master Architect in the 21st century.
Robert Ivy studied at Tulane University and eventually earned a Masters of Architecture there. He also received a Bachelor of Arts in English while studying at Sewanee: The University of the South. After this, his award winning book “Fay Jones: Architect” was published in 1992 by the AIA and was well received. Robert Ivy is also a member of the International Circle of Architecture Critics (CICA). Today, Robert Ivy and his wife Holly spend their days living a life they enjoy in Washington D.C.