Robert Ivy – Strengthening Architecture’s Role For The Future

Robert Ivy has been the CEO and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)since 2011. Using education initiatives, advocacy, better decision making, and public outreach he is making the AIA a stronger organization for the 21st century that can raise awareness on the role that architecture plays in our society.

Mr. Ivy is committed to helping architects work in the current issues facing us in the areas of community projects, sustainability, economics, and global health. He believes with the environmental challenges facing us today, solutions must be created to not only have aesthetics in a building, but to design a safer building that can hold up against disastrous weather and geological conditions. He believes there will be a tremendous need for design professionals to work with the infrastructure of growing cities around the world.

Before assuming leadership of the AIA, Robert Ivy worked with Architectural Record magazine as the Editor-in-Chief, and McGraw-Hill Construction as the Editorial Director and Vice President. During his time at Architectural Record, the magazine became the premier architectural journal in the world, receiving 26 Jessie H. Neal Awards, the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence, and the 2008 MPA Digital Award for Website of the Year.

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Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity, honored Robert by naming him a Master Architect, joining a group of honorees that includes Richard Buckminister Fuller, John Wellborn Root, Eliel Saarinen, and Cass Gilbert. Robert is the only architect to receive this award in the 21st century. The American Business Media awarded him the Crain Award, their top recognition that can be given to an individual. In 1996 he received the Award for Management Excellence from McGraw-Hill. He is also a member of the Design Futures Council, where he is designated a Senior Fellow.

Robert Ivy is often invited to be the keynote speaker at events in the United States and abroad, and he often interviews major architectural figures. In 2001, he published “Fay Jones: Architect”, a biography about the architect who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright. The book, which is now in its third printing, was honored by The Art Library Society of North America.

Ivy received his Bachelor of Arts in English(cum laude) from the University of the South, and his Masters in Architecture from Tulane University. He currently holds membership in the International Circle of Architecture Critics.

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