Robert Ivy serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). It is a network of over 90,000 architects and over 250 chapters and design professionals devoted to propelling the construction industry to greatness. As the Executive Vice President of AIA, Robert Ivy works tirelessly to strengthen the association through education initiatives, public outreach, and advocacy. That has helped the members of AIA to serve communities across the world. While at McGraw-Hill Construction, Robert Ivy oversaw the publication of 33 journals in digital editions and prints.
Since 2011 when Robert Ivy took over as the CEO of AIA, the association has transformed to serve the architects in the 21st century. He works relentlessly to reposition the AIA from its original legacy into a responsive, influential, and proactive organization. His chief goal at AIA is to heighten public awareness of the relevance and value of architects in the society. His signature accomplishments include launching an award-winning public awareness campaign, advocating for the installation of digital-first technology infrastructure, and streamlining AIA governance to improve the association’s decision-making process. Robert Ivy’s latest focus at AIA is to invest in resources that will prepare architects for their role in addressing issues related to sustainability, climate change, and impact of design on public health.
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Before joining AIA, Robert Ivy worked at McGraw-Hill Construction as the Vice President and Editorial Director. He also served as Editorial-in-Chief of Architectural Record magazine. While serving as the editorial-in-chief of Architectural Record magazine, Robert Ivy earned several accolades for his excellence in the publishing industry such as the American Society of Magazine Editors Award and the premier magazine journalism award, rare achievements for a professional journal. Besides, Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity honored Robert Ivy for his role in intensifying public awareness of the value of design. He shares values with iconic architects such as I.M Pei, Richard Buckminster Fuller, and Mies Van der Rohe. Robert Ivy is one of the seven designers privileged to be honored by the national architecture fraternity in its 100-year history and the only nominee in the 21st century. Robert Ivy is also an accomplished author. He is the author of Fay Jones, a definitive biography now in its third edition. He also shares insightful articles with members of AIA to lay audiences about the value and relevance of architects in the society.
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