Robert Ivy became the American Institute of Architecture’s (AIA) CEO and the Vice President in 2011. He was born in Columbus, Mississippi. Ivy earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of the South in Sewanee. His relentless efforts at Tulane University earned him a master’s degree in Architecture. In 1996, he was appointed the Editor in chief of Architectural Record. Under Ivy’s tenure, the magazine became one of the best architectural magazines in the world. He later joined McGraw-Hill Construction Media as the Vice President and Editorial Director.
Robert Ivy has received numerous awards for his excellence in the world of management including the 1998 McGraw-Hill award for his excellence in management. He also won the 2009 Crain award as well as the Premier Magazine Journalism award while working for Architectural Record. Subsequently, the American Society of Magazine Editors awarded him with the National Magazine Award. In March 2010, the National Architectural fraternity unanimously voted Robert Ivy as the “Master Architect.”
The American Institute of Architects is a US professional organization for architects. Located in Washington, D.C., the AIA specializes in redevelopment, government advocacy, public outreach, and education to support professional architects and improve their image. The AIA works in close collaboration with other construction and design agencies to develop the building industry. Robert Ivy currently assumes the role of the Chief Executive Officer of the AIA.
The AIA offers professional development opportunities to its members throughout the United States. It also services them with client-oriented resources, contract documents, personal benefits, and professional and design information services. AIA members participate in professional interest areas such as urban development and professional academies as a way of contributing to their profession and communities. Its local components often offer intern development program, employment referrals, and architect registration exam preparation courses to aid young aspiring professionals.
The primary mission of the AIA is to meet the needs and interests of professional architects and intensify public awareness of the value of architecture in the society. The AIA marked its 150th anniversary by releasing findings from a poll that asked Americans to name their favorite architectural designs. Two of the AIA’s public awareness initiatives, the Sustainability 2030 Toolkit and the Blueprint for America nationwide community service initiative earned the 2007 Associations Advance America Awards. The award is sponsored by the Center for Association Leadership and the American Society of Association Executives. The AIA has for long honored individuals and organizations for their support towards the architecture profession.