The Executive Vice President and the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robert Ivy rose to that position in 2011. Ivy is a Masters of Architecture holder from Tulane University and a Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of South, Sewanee.
Robert Ivy was promoted in 1996 to be the Chief Editor of Architectural Record. Under his role as the Chief Editor, the architectural journal became the most read paper in the World. Moreover, Ivy became the first Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, which comprises GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design, Architectural Record: China, Constructor, Sweets, SNAP, HQ Magazine, and ENR.
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Besides, Ivy was the leader of the panel that chose architect Frank Gehry to design the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. He also worked as the principal at Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy between 1981 and 1996.
Robert Ivy has been the best editorial leader, and through his leadership that has made Architectural Record, he received a lot of honors in the publishing industry including the Premier Magazine Journalism Award for his outstanding performance. Ivy is known to walk the talk, and that’s why he has an excellent vision for the architectural industry, and after joining the AIA, he plans to leave the field with great hope, and great team of leaders who not only spearheads their agendas but also who purpose to leave the world a better place.
Ivy also received the Crain Award, the American Business Media’s highest recognition for an individual in 2009. Before that, he was among other prominent intellects, and was awarded the McGraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence in 1998. He was also approved as the Senior Fellow of the Design Future Council.
In March 2010, Alpha Rho Chi, the national architect fraternity, agreed to name Ivy as the Master Architect for his contribution in stressing the value of designers. Robert Ivy currently is equated with iconic architects such as Dr. Nathan Clifford Ricker, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Cass Gilbert, Eliel Saarinen, John Wellborn Root, I.M Pei, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. He is the best architect eyed in the 21st century and also one of the seven to receive this honor in the fraternity’s 100-year history.