The American Institute of Architects is the leading organization of architects in the United States. It has worked towards the development and a greater public awareness of the architectural profession. In the process it has also enhanced the welfare of its members and the general public. Robert Ivy, as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the AIA, has been using his education, skills, talents and experience towards these goals. Being an AIA fellow, he was appointed to this position on Feb. 1, 2011. He has been serving in this capacity up to this day.
The AIA, according to George H. Miller, its 2010 president, is happy to appoint Ivy as its EVP/CEO. He welcomed Ivy to the AIA fold and praised him saying that he possesses the combination of corporate leadership talents and comprehensive industry experience that will work to the benefit of the AIA Board. He then added that these qualities of Ivy will improve the AIA, perhaps referring to the ways the organization will be able to use his abilities to achieve its goals.
As an architect, Ivy’s skills and talents have been recognized by his peers. He was awarded the distinction of Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi, an architecture fraternity. The distinction was given to Ivy in recognition of the contributions he made in disseminating the value of design to future generations. Ivy was also a recipient of the Crane Award. The American Business Media gave this award to Ivy in 2009 for his work in promoting good quality business media.
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If Ivy’s personal and business activities are to be considered, one can readily see why he was accorded these distinctions. He applied his education as an architect as one of the principals of Dean/Dale where he functioned as a managing partner. After that he worked as a top executive in a number of corporations in the country. Apart from being an accomplished architect, Ivy is also a high quality print media practitioner. He worked as a writer and editor in many architectural journals and publications. He is the Editorial Director and Vice President of McGraw Hill Construction. This is a large architectural publishing house with a large editorial staff. His task is to manage this family publication and oversee its operations.
In his position as AIA EVP/CEO, Ivy will manage the organization’s Washington, D.C. office. He will oversee the work of the organization’s 206 employees and manage its huge $56 million annual budget. He will be instrumental in AIA’s organizational focus emphasizing the design and practice of architecture. Ivy is a native of Columbus, Mississippi. He earned his degree in Architecture in Sewanee University and his master’s degree in Tulane University. He is now living in Washington, D.C.