Robert Ivy was born and raised in Columbus, Mississippi. After graduating from high school, he attended and earned a B.A. from Sewanee University. He got further education at Tulane where he earned an M.A. in Architecture.
For the next almost 14 years Ivy served as the principal of Ivy Architects and managing partner of Dean/Dale, Dean and Ivy. From 1996 until 2010 he served as the Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction and Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record magazine for many years.
It was during these years that he rose greatly in estimation throughout the industry. In 2009 he was awarded the G.D. Crain Award for lifetime contributions to editorial excellence. So much so that he was honored with the rare and prestigious Master Architect designation. He was given this honor by the national architecture, Alpha Rho Chi. It is so rare an honor, in fact, that the fraternity has only bestowed it on seven individuals in its entire 100-year history. has been the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects since 2010.
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It was while still in deliberations, that the Board of the American Institute of Architects almost unanimously agreed upon Ivy. He was selected in 2010 but was not able to officially take over until 2011. In the meantime Paul Welch filled is as interim EVP/CEO. Ivy did not first become involved with the organization at this time. He had been a dedicated member since the 90s, even sitting on its board at one time. Since 2011, when he officially took the leadership reins, Ivy has led the organization to put much of its focus on reshaping the architecture profession as the world ventures into the future.
He also concerns AIA with heightening the awareness of architecture among the general public. To the end of achieving these goals, since 2011 AIA has streamlined their decision-making process, developed a new digital-first infrastructure, and begun a public health awareness campaign. Ivy leads AIA from its headquarters in Washington, DC. His position requires that he carefully collaborate with hundreds of chapters both nationally and internationally.
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