Robert Ivy; the man behind the revolution of the American Institute of Architects

Robert Ivy is the EVP/Chief Executive Officer at American Institute of Architects (AIA). He was appointed the CEO in 2011 following his numerous achievements in his career path. Prior to this, he worked as a magazine editor and corporate executive at the Architectural Record. Under his influence, this magazine went on to earn 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards, 7 Ozzies and numerous other prestigious awards. He also oversaw the publication of 33 publications both in print and in digital editions as well. Visit Architectmagazine.com

Under his editorial leadership, earned the unique premier magazine journalism award- the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence. His profound success in the publications’ world was a catalyst that propelled his career forward.

However, his experience with architectural publications extends even further than this. He was Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, which included Green Source: The Magazine of Sustainable Design, SNAP and Architectural Record: China, HQ Magazine, ENR, Constructor, and Sweets.

His editorial career aside, since his appointment as CEO of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy has gone to earn several more accolades. His latest monumental achievement is the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award awarded to him by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). This Mississippi-born architect is the first to receive this prestigious award which is often only awarded to artists and art patrons.

In 2010, Robert Ivy was named ‘Master Architect’ following a unanimous vote by the national architecture fraternity- Alpha Rho Chi. This honorary title is usually preserved for the world’s top architects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, R. Buckminster Fuller, and I.M. Pei, FAIA. Nancy LaForge, MAIL president had this to say about Robert ivy receiving this award, “As a writer, author, and commentator on architecture worldwide, Ivy now takes his rightful place in an acclaimed list of Noel Polk Award honorees.”  Read more on https://www.contractdesign.com/news/people/robert-ivy-receives-noel-polk-lifetime-achievement-award/

Robert Ivy attended the Sewanee University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Architecture. He went on to the University in Tulane where he obtained his master’s in Architecture.

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