Robert Ivy’s Inspirational Journey On The Impact Of Architecture

A well-known and respected figure in the architectural profession, Robert Ivy has been an advocate for the profession on a diversity of issues that range from social and political to the environment.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South in Tennessee and his Master’s Degree in architecture from Tulane University.

Early in his career, Ivy was a principal and managing partner at architectural firm Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy as well as a critic for several national publications.

In 1996, Ivy became the Editor in Chief of Mc-Graw Hill’s Architectural Record. During his fifteen year tenure, he lead the growth of the publication developing it into the world’s most widely read architectural journal.

Under his leadership, Architectural Record received the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence, the 2008 MPA Digital Award for Website of the Year: Enthusiast as well as 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards and more.

In 2009, Ivy received the G.D. Crain Award for his lifetime involvement with regard to editorial excellence. And in 2010, the national architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, named Ivy “Master Architecture” for his input in exchanging information on the significance of design. He is one of just seven to be given this distinction in the 100-year history of the fraternity.

In 2011, Ivy was appointed executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a position he holds today.

In this position, Robert Ivy takes on the responsibility for supervising the budget and employees in AIA’s national office in Washington, DC.

Specifically, he will guide the way for AIA’s design application and practice issues, improve the company’s ability to validate the significance of design as well as the public’s knowledge and perception of architects and architecture. He will also team up with more than 300 chapters nationwide and worldwide to provide support for AIA members.

For more than 150 years, members of the AIA have worked to establish strong, safe and maintainable buildings. The organization does this through instruction, support from the government, community redevelopment and more.