Robert Ivy is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, named such in 2011 until the present. Ivy has a Master of Architecture from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts in English, cum laude, from Sewanee: The University of the South.
Prior to this, Ivy was hired by McGraw-Hill to be the Vice President-Editorial Director. As a writer-architect, Robert Ivy was to be Editor in Chief of the Architectural Record at McGraw-Hill Companies in 1996 until 2011. As the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, Ivy decided in 2012 at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting to commit the AIA into working on public health through research grants, as well as digital programs, and community planning.
Robert Ivy believes architecture plays a role in daily life. He wants architects to present a unified front using his organization. While at McGraw Hill, Ivy oversaw 16 print and 17 digital publications. Architectural Record was awarded 26 Jesse H. Neal awards for magazine journalism, which is rare for a trade journal such as Architectural Record. Another award that was won is the National Magazine for General Excellence, which is given by the American Society of Magazine Editors. In 2009, Ivy was awarded the G.D. Crain Award for lifetime contributions to business media. In 2010, he was presented with Alpha Rho Chi honors, a national architect fraternity which named Ivy a “Master Architect.”
He is only one of 7 to win this honor in the fraternities’ 100-year history. Ivy wrote a biography called “Fay Jones: Architect”, which is about the work of an American architect who was apprenticed to Frank Lloyd Wright. The Art Library Society of North America has cited Fay Jones: Architect, for having high standards of scholarship, designing, and producing. The AIA in 2015, on February 8th, decided to put advertising on Face the Nation and other major cable news outlets such as CNN, CNBC, and Fox News. There was a digital advertising campaign, which is a three-year plan to show what value architects bring to communities. The goal is to make a huge impact. No single add was viewed as addressing the AIA’s needs although the campaign itself was to design value in the community, on the role of architecture. Ivy views all architects as needing to speak with a unified voice, to change how clients perceive architects as a whole.
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