Robert Ivy is the EVP and Chief Executive Officer of American Institute of Architects and has been since 2011. The American Institute of Architects, better known as the AIA, is the largest professional membership organization for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and others in similar roles. Its Washington DC headquarters has a $56 million annual budget, over 200 employees, and 300 chapters across the country. As a company, it sponsors continuing education programs so that architects can keep their license, acts as an advocate of the architecture profession and hosts the annual AIA conference on architecture.
Robert Ivy graduated cum laude in English from The University of the South in 1969, with a French minor. He graduated from Tulane University in 1978 with an M. Arch in Architecture, as an honorary member of Tau Sigma Delta. While attending school at the University of the South, he became the Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Journal, serving at that position through 2011. During his time at RECORD, during which he oversaw the publication of 33 publications in both print and digital, it became one of the highest-circulation architecture journals in the world.
In 2011, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects. During his time as the Before moving to corporate executive positions, he held a position as a principal of Ivy Architects and a managing partner with Dean/Dale, Dean, and Ivy for nearly 14 years. In 2009, he received the G.D. Crain Award, a lifetime award from the American Business Media for contributions to business media. He was additionally recognized as a Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi in 2010 for communicating the value of design to the new generation of architects.
Prior to appointing Ivy as the CIO of their company, the AIA gave him the distinction of Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and published his book Fay Jones: Architect in 1992. Ivy also has many connections to the architecture industry through board memberships. He is a member of the National Circle of Architecture Critics (CICA), and a former national board member of the AIA in the 1990s, and the American Architecture Foundation. He currently holds positions on four architecture schools’ advisory boards – Tulane University, Auburn University’s Rural Studio, Mississippi State University and the Tongji University School of Architecture and Urban Planning in Shanghai, China.
George H. Miller, FAIA, and 2010 AIA President spoke on Ivy’s appointment as CIO, discussing his excitement for Ivy’s choice to join the company, and his experience and skills. He also stated that the Board all agreed that those experiences and skills would enhance the AIA.
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