In July of 2010 Christine McEntee, gave up her role as head of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Washington D.C. for a position as the executive director of the American Geophysical Union, leaving Paul Welch Jr., to serve as acting director until a suitable successor was found. On February 1. 2011 Robert A. Ivy was named the Executive Vice President and CEO of the National American Institute of Architects, since then, he has changed the AIA into a more positive, prominent and influential organization by raising public awareness about the importance of architects and their worth which was just one of Ivy’s goals set for the company.
Ivy obtained a master of architecture from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South, then in 1966, began working for McGraw-Hill Construction Media, an organization that connects people with products and projects. As the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record, an American monthly magazine dedicated to architecture and interior design, Ivy played a big part in making the magazine the most widely read architectural journal in the world. The magazine also received many awards under Ivy’s leadership like the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for general excellence, the Premier Magazine Journal Award, 7 Ozzies for Folio Design, over 20 Jesse H. Neal Awards and more.
Robert then became the Editorial Director/ Vice President of McGraw that later became the AIA’s Official Media Sponsor. Before working for McGraw, Ivy was a principal at Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy and a critic for many national publications from 1981.
Ivy, also received many awards, in 1998 he received the McGraw-Hill Award for Excellence in Management, in 2009 he was given the Crain Award which is the American Business Media’s highest recognition for an individual, in 2010 Ivy was named “Master Architect” for communicating very effectively in the value of design, by the National Architecture Fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, which is a great honor, as only 7 individuals in the fraternities 100-year history received this honor.
Ivy’s biography entitled, “Fay Jones: Architect”, was published in 1992 by AIA and was cited for “the highest standards of scholarship, design, and production,” by The Art Library Society of North America.
Today, Robert Ivy continues to lead AIA with great pride, professionalism, and expertise and looks forward to working with America’s architects as they prepare for the future.
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