Robert Ivy And The American Institute Of Architects

January 24, 2018

Famed architect, writer and editor Robert Ivy is CEO and executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects. The now wise, warm and soft-spoken living legend graduated from the University of the South with a bachelor’s degree in English. He then enrolled at Tulane University, where he earned a master’s degree in architecture in 1976. Robert Ivy was the editor-in-chief of Architectural Record from 1996 until 2011. During that time he transformed the publication into the world’s most read architectural journal. The publication won numerous prestigious awards with Ivy as their leader.

Ivy also served as vice president and editorial director of McGraw-Hill. He was in charge of a number of design and construction publications including GreenSource, Engineering News Record, Constructor, Architectural Record: China, HQ Magazine, Sweets, The Magazine of Sustainable Design, SNAP and 16 websites. Robert Ivy has won numerous journalism awards. They include the highest recognition American Business Media gives to an individual, the Crain Award and the 1998 Management Excellence award from McGraw-Hill. While he was editor, Architectural Record won 7 Ozzies: Folio Design awards, the Jesse H. Neal awards 26 times and the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

The national architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, unanimously voted Robert Ivy ‘Master Architect’ because of his work communicating the architectural design’s value to society. Ivy was one of only 7 people to be given this honor in the 100-year history of the fraternity. He was the only architect to win the award in the 21st century. Ivy was on the panel that decided the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial should be designed by architect Frank Gehry. He spent 15 years as a critic for magazines all across the country and was a Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy principal.

Robert Ivy became CEO and executive vice president of the AIA in 2011. He immediately set out on an ambitious project to heighten AIA’s relevance and value in the 21st century. Ivy believes architecture has a significant impact on design, building, construction, but also on many other areas of life including disaster relief and improving health. The American Institute of Architects was founded in 1857 in New York City to support architecture as a profession and to improve its public image. Prior to its founding anyone could say they were an architect.

Today, Robert Ivy regularly talks to audiences nationwide about architecture’s role and meaning in everyday life. To know more, visit:


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