Robert Ivy: Transforming AIA To Serve The Architecture Profession

Since 2011, Robert Ivy has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Vice President (EVP) of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The more than 87,000 members’ strong organization is committed to increasing public awareness on the important role architecture and design in the society. The AIA works at creating healthier, more secure, valuable and sustainable communities, neighborhoods, and buildings.

Since taking the helms of leadership at AIA, Ivy has initiated two critical investigations into the role architects play in society as well as the future of architectural practice in the country. In 2012, Ivy made a decade long commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. The determination means using design to improve public health through community planning, digital programs, and research grants.

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Before joining the AIA, Ivy had worked at McGraw-Hill for 15 years in various positions as Vice President, Editorial Director, and Editor in Chief. He oversaw several McGraw-Hill Construction publications including the Constructor, GreenSource, Architectural Record, Record in China and HQ. During the long tenure, Ivy became a spokesperson for the architectural profession expounding on critical issues in the field.

Robert Ivy has delivered key speeches and moderated in discussions in the U.S. and at international events like the Library of Congress, the Monterey Design Conference and the National Building Museum. He has appeared on The Discovery Channel, PBS’ Evening News, BBC World, A & E and NPR’s All Things Considered. Ivy has also served as U.S. Commissioner for the Venice Architecture Biennale and has had his byline showcased in major media outlets like the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and CNN.

In March 2010, Ivy was unanimously voted as the “Master Architect” in the national architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi for his role in communicating the importance of design. He is also the author of Fay Jones: Architect, which is now its third edition.

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