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The Story of the American Institute of Architect’s CEO, Robert Ivy

A CEO, Master Architect and editor of the most read architectural journal in the world, Robert A. Ivy has done it all. Robert Ivy is currently the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has over 30 years of experience in the architecture field and as a member of Alpha Rho Chi was named Master Architect by the prestigious fraternity. The Master Architect designation is reserved for the most talented and deserving individuals who have excelled and made profound contributions to the architectural field.

Thirteen high-trained and experienced architects established the AIA in 1957. The purpose of the organization was to promote and establish the architectural profession in America and around the world. Prior to the formation of the AIA the architecture profession didn’t exist. Anyone who had some knowledge about engineering and construction claimed to be an architect giving the formally trained architects a bad name and reputation. This new organization, whose members had to possess several qualifications and educational requirements could claim to be a member of the AIA, which would provide clients with assurance that the buildings would be constructed at a very high standard. Robert Ivy will carry on the AIA’s mission and uphold its prestigious name.

Robert earned his bachelors in architecture from Sewanee: The University of the South in 1969. Robert then pursued his masters in architecture from Tulane University in 1976. Robert became a member of the Alpha Rho Chi fraternity that provided several awards to brilliant and successful members including the “Master Architect” designation held by prominent figures such as, I.M. Pei, Buckminster Fuller and now, Robert Ivy.

In 1996, Robert pursued his interest in architecture and literature by becoming an editor for McGraw Hill where he remained for fifteen productive years. He quickly ascended the ranks and became McGraw Hills Vice President and Editorial Director. During his time at McGraw Hill Robert propelled the famous Architectural Record to become the most read architectural journal on the planet. For 125 years the Architectural Journal has delighted readers around the world and under Mr. Ivy’s helm it became even more popular.

As a fellow of the AIA since his college days, Robert was keen to join and lead the prestigious organization. Robert has always kept a strong relationship with the AIA even when he was working on the Architectural Record. The Record frequently advertised the AIA, its accolades and importance to the architectural field. Robert Ivy’s career is incredible and as the only member of Alpha Rho Chi to receive the Master Architect this century I think it is safe to say the AIA has found the right guy to lead them into the future.