Talented architect, editor and writer Robert Ivy, FAIA, is the 90,000 member American Institute of Architects Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President. Ivy has been CEO of the architect and design professionals organization since 2011.
Widely respected as a visionary with unique skills, Ivy is an honors graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South with a bachelor’s degree in English. He then attended Tulane University where he earned a master’s degree in Architecture.
After completing his education, Robert Ivy was hired as a principal with Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy. He remained with the company until 1996. During the 15 years he spent there, Ivy also worked as a critic for quite a few well-known national publications. Robert Ivy was also on the jury panel that decided architect Frank Gehry should be the one chosen to create the design for the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.
Ivy became Architectural Record’s editor-in-chief in 1996. While there he helped make it the architectural journal more widely read than any other worldwide. With Ivy providing leadership and innovative editorial ideas, Architectural Record went on to earn the National Magazine Award for General Excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors. This is magazine journalism’s premier award and having a professional journal win this prize was an unusual achievement.
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Under Ivy, Architectural Record won many other awards. They included over two dozen Jesse H. Neal Awards, the MPA Digital Award in 2008 for Website of the Year: Enthusiast, as well as 7 Ozzies: Folio Design Awards. During his tenure as editor-in-chief at Architectural Record, Robert Ivy established the publication’s reputation as an industry leader and a unparalleled source of top-quality architectural and journalist work.
After leaving Architectural Record, Robert Ivy was hired as editorial director and vice president of McGraw-Hill Construction Media. That put him in charge of several publications that included Architectural Record: China, SNAP, GreenSource: The Magazine Of Sustainable Design, Constructor, Sweets, ENR and HQ Magazine.
Among the accolade Robert Ivy received was the 1998 Management Excellence Award from McGraw-Hill and the 2009 Crain Award. This is the highest recognition an individual can receive from the American Business Media. In 2010, Robert Ivy became one of only 7 people to ever be named ‘Master Architect’ by the national architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, in their 100-year history. Ivy was chosen because of how effectively he communicated the value of design.