Robert Ivy is the Chief Executive Officer as well as the executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects. Ivy has an intellect that makes him stun in the architecture. Robert Ivy undertook his undergraduate degree at Sewanee from The University of the South and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in English. Ivy enrolled for a masters’ degree at Tulane University and attained a Master of Architecture degree. Before becoming an architect, Robert served in the United States Navy as an officer.
Before joining the AIA in 2011, Ivy worked as a dean at Dale from 1981-1996 and got awarded the Dean’s Medal. Robert Ivy also worked in multiple roles at Mc Grill-Hill Construction, being the Architectural Record editor-in-chief, vice president, and editorial director. Besides, he was in charge of numerous publications. Under Ivy’s leadership, Architectural Record became the journal that was most disseminated in the world and garnered several awards which include the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Furthermore, the Architectural Record received 7 Ozzies: Folio Design Award, 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards and MPA Digital Award for 2008 website of the year. In 2009, Ivy was awarded the Crain Award which is an individual’s highest recognition from the American Business Media.
In 2010, Robert Ivy was honored by the Alpha Rho Chi national architecture fraternity for being effective in communicating design’s value. Ivy led the construction and design media and launched a Mandarin Version of Architectural Record. Ivy has as well been an advocate for understanding how climate is affected by architecture. At AIA, Robert has grown the AIA’s footprint being at its highest level of membership. American architects are aided by the AIA’s seven global chapters to practice around the world. At AIA, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters honored Ivy with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award.
Even though Ivy’s career focuses on building construction and designing, he believes that architecture can encompass other ideas to endeavor. For example, Ivy committed himself during the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative and used his architectural designs as a means of improving health. Another of Ivy’s creative project promoted the concept of architects being responsible for the events that occur in every individual’s regular daily routine.