The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) appointment of Robert Ivy as CEO has been good for the nation’s association of builders. Being a professional association of architects, AIA has continued to benefit the government of the United States along with its citizens. Some of the primary aim of this professional organization is to offer education, provide public outreach programs and community redevelopment. The association’s outreach programs are designed to enhance their public image and provide support for the profession of architecture.
Being the current head of the AIA, Ivy has been working towards these goals. A native of Columbus, Mississippi, Ivy earned his architecture degree in Sewance University. He further advanced his studies of the profession and eventually earned his master’s at Tulane. Ivy has other talents aside from crafting houses and buildings. This includes writing and editing. He was trained in writing and editing at the University of the South, also located in Sewanee, Tennessee. It is in this educational institution where he earned his B.A. degree in English.
Ivy honed his writing and editing talents over the years and eventually became the VP of the McGraw-Hill Construction. He is also at the helm of RECORD, an architectural journal. Under his leadership, this journal was able to increase its circulation around the world.
He also served Architectural Record as its Editor-in Chief from 1996 to 2010. Acting as editor, he also supervised the production of 33 publications both in their digital and print versions. In 2009, he was given a G.D. Crain Award for his exemplary work in editing content in business media. A year later, Alpha Rho Chi, a college fraternity for architecture students, gave him the title “Master Architect.”
Ivy is currently managing the national office of the AIA in Washington, D.C. With 206 employees under him and a huge annual budget of $56 million, Ivy is tasked with the responsibility of promoting the goals and visions of the AIA. He directs the design focus of the profession and tackles the issues involved in its practice. Ivy also promotes the profession’s design values of and works for better understanding of the profession and its practitioners by the general public. As an overseer, he works in harmony with more than 300 chapters of the AIA in the U.S. and abroad to provide support for its members.
Ivy has also written a book, “Fay Jones: Architect” which was published in 1992 by AIA. Apart from AIA, Ivy is also a member of the American Architecture Foundation, and the International Circle of Architecture Critics and the Confederation of International Contractor’s Associations (CICA). Furthermore, he is a member of the advisory boards of four schools of architecture, namely, the Tongji University School of Architecture and Urban Planning in China, The Rural Studio of Auburn University, Mississippi University and Tulane University.