Robert Ivy has been Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects since 2011. As the chief executive officer of the organization, Ivy assumed the management responsibility. In his role, has played a significant role in leading the organizations that aim at revolutionizing the role of the architects in the modern society. He has also led an organization that is struggling to find the relevance of the architecture practice in the future.
During the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in 2012, Robert Ivy noted that the American Institute of Architecture will be committed to implementing policies that will improvement public health and safety. To this end, he noted that the Institute will implement digital programs, community planning and offer its members research grants to facilitate these ambitious initiatives.
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Since Ivy was appointed as the head of the Institute he has also vocal in creating awareness as well as an understanding of the critical role that architects play in in the society. In the 21st century, architects need to build houses that meet the needs of clients. He has also bolstered the position of the architecture in the current world where there are social, creative and economic challenges that are facing the profession.
Before he joined the AIA, Robert Ivy served as the editorial director and vice president of the McGraw-Hill Construction. Additionally, he also held a position at the Architectural Record as the editor-in-chief. During his tenure at the Architectural Record, he oversaw 17 digital and 16 print publications being published. The Architectural Record was recognized for its role in promoting architecture. This is typified by the numerous awards that it won including the National Magazine Award for the General Excellence by the American Society of Magazine Editors.
As an architecture, Robert has distinguished himself as a professional who speaks for the profession. As such, he has taken part in discussions that affect the profession in the modern world such as environmental changes and political environment.
For his contribution to the architecture field, Ivy was awarded the GD Crain Award in 2009. This award was due to his contributions to the editorial excellence in the business media. This was followed by the “Master Architect” Award in 2010 by Alpha Rho Chi the national architecture fraternity. He was honored for communicating the design principles and values to the public and members of the architecture profession.
Robert Ivy is also an accomplished speaker having delivered several keynote speeches across the United States and globe. He has attended several international events and delivered speeches often appearing along with other leading figures in the architecture profession. As an author Ivy published the “Fay Jones: Architect” that has been cited for its high-quality scholarship, production, and designer.
Ivy attended the Tulane University earning a Master’s of Architecture. He also graduated from the University of the South where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. Currently, he lives in Washington DC.
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