Robert Ivy is the current American Institute of Architects’ CEO. Since Ivy assumed office, he started two crucial investigations into the future of architectural practice as well as the role played by architects in the society. During the Clinton Initiative Annual Meeting back in 2012, Robert Ivy dedicated the American Institute of Architects to a ten-year effort to make architecture a catalyst for public health improvement through digital programs, community planning, and research grants.
Understanding and expanding awareness of the role of architects in the society motivated Robert Ivy to launch a responsive and comprehensive 21st century American Institute of Architects. He aimed to advance the position of architects and bolster a dialogue nationally about the role played by architecture in everyday life.
Accomplishments and Awards
Before joining the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy was the editorial director and vice president of McGraw-Hill Construction. He also served at the Architectural Record as an editor-in-chief where he oversaw 17 digital and 16 print publications. During his tenure, Robert Ivy established himself as the voice of the entire profession. He spoke on important architecture issues including the social and climate impacts of architecture. Under the leadership of Ivy, the Architectural Record received a broad range of awards, including the National Magazine Award, and 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards.
Robert Ivy received the Crain G.D. Award in 2009 for his relentless efforts and contributions to the editorial business media excellence. He was named a “Master Architect” in 2010 by the national architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi. Robert Ivy likes talking about the value of architecture within the fraternity and the world at large. This has earned him a mentoring role with alumni and students.
Robert is a skilled communicator. He has delivered various keynote speeches both in the U.S. and international events. Moreover, he has interviewed notable figures in architecture. Robert is the author of a book known as “Fay Jones: Architect”. The book was cited for its high design, production, and scholarship standards.
Robert Ivy has served as the U.S. Commissioner three times at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Ivy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of the South. He also holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Tulane. Robert is an active member of the Internal Circle of Architecture Critics.