In 2010, Robert Ivy was appointed to be the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), which is an organization that represents licensed architects as well as experts in the construction and design fields. Ivy is also the Editor in Chief of the Architectural Record and has been so since 1996. He also works with McGraw-Hill Construction as its Editorial Director and Vice President and focuses his efforts with the latter on ensuring that the quality of the publication is top-notch. For over a decade, he partnered up with Dean/Dale who was a managing partner at Ivy Architects where Ivy served as a principal.
In 2009, Robert Ivy received the Crane Award, and the very next year Alpha Rho Chi bestowed the title of Master Architect on him. Before coming aboard with the AIA, he has always advocated for architects and focused his energies on environmental issues, social issues, political issues, and other challenges that face the industry. He does the same now that he is a part of the organization. He will also now guide 206 employees at the AIA’s Washington, DC office and work with 300 other chapters that exist all over the world. In 2010, George H. Miller, the President of the AIA expressed that himself and the rest of the organization are thrilled to have Ivy on board and that his experience and leadership will greatly benefit the AIA. Robert Ivy, himself, commented, back in 2010, that he has always been proud to be a part of the AIA, and that he is committed to helping it to succeed and make the profession of architecture one that is respected and appreciated.
The AIA was founded in 1857 in New York City by 13 architects who wished to lift up the prominence of architecture. Before the organization got off of the ground, there were no schools of architecture or any way to know if someone was actually a real architect or not; simply because there was no licensing process or any kinds of laws back then related to the industry. The AIA has its main headquarters in Washington, DC but has other chapters and offices all over the globe. Some of the main purposes of the organization’s existence have to do with advocating in the government, educating the public and its own members, redeveloping communities to make the world a better place, and reaching out to the public to seek support and improve the image of the profession, overall.
Robert Ivy currently heads-up the AIA as its CEO, and earlier in life, he studied at the University of the South in Tennessee where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree. He went on to received a Master’s in Architecture while attending Tulane University, Louisiana.