The Executive VP and CEO of the American Institute of Architects or AIA, the preeminent association of architects in the US, Mr. Robert Ivy is widely treasured for his leadership skills and experience. His meteoric rise can be traced back to the 90’s when he became the editor of an architectural magazine.
According to Crunchbase, Robert was appointed the Editor in Chief of the Architectural Record in 1996. During his reign, the publication grew into the most widely read architectural journal globally. The success saw him appointed the VP and Editorial Director of McGraw Hill Construction Media, the parent media concern that hoists publications like HQ Magazine, Architectural Record: China and GreenSource sustainable design magazine.
Over the years, Architectural Record has earned many plaudits and honors in equal measure, thanks to Robert’s stellar leadership. The accolades include the National Magazine Award for General excellence that was conferred to him by the American Society of Magazine Editors, 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards and the Premier Magazine Journalism Award. For 9 years, beginning in 1981 Robert was a principal and a revered critic of various national publications. Owing to his prowess in matters architecture, Robert was chosen as one of the jurors in the panel that picked architect Frank Gehry to undertake the designs of the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. Today, he remains a fellow of Design Futures Council.
In his current designation as Executive VP and CEO of the American Institute of Architects, Robert’s LinkedIn profile reveals that his main task is to reposition the institute in line with the 21st century expectations. To achieve these aims, Robert will work to enhance the value of AIA and the architects working under its umbrella. He was appointed to the position on February 2011. The Washington DC based AIA is tasked with advancing the architectural profession and inculcating positive image. Its campaigns are organized using tools like education and outreach programs targeting the architectural fraternity and the general public. With regards to education, Robert Ivy studied at Tulane University for his Masters in Architecture.
For his Bachelor’s Degree in English, Robert attended the University of the South from 1965 to 1969. While at the university, Robert participated in numerous group activities, including Tau Sigma Delta where he served as an honorary member. On his own admission, Roberts sees a bright future in the architectural profession. According to Zdnet, Robert is looking at a trend where architects are focusing increasingly on interdisciplinary collaboration, public health enhancement and resilience. He believes architecture can offer many solutions faced by humans from improving health and providing disaster relief. He adds that the building and construction industry is often seen as a good indicator of the overall health of the economy.
Learn more about Robert Ivy: http://architecture.tulane.edu/alumni/profile/robert-ivy-faia