Robert Ivy, The Master Architect

Posted on September 06, 2017

For over two decades, Robert Ivy has held several leadership positions in the architecture industry. Ivy is currently the Executive Vice President at the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a position he has held since February 2011. While in this post, his tasks revolve around management of AIA’s national office located in Washington, DC.

He manages $56 million of an annual budget and a total of 206 employees. Further, he directs organizational focus mainly on the value of design as well as architecture practice issues through collaboration with more than 300 chapters in the country and beyond. Before his current position, he was the Vice President as well as Editorial Director of McGraw –Hill Construction.

The M.A graduate from Tulane University is widely recognized and has worked at the Architectural Record where he has been an Editor in Chief since 1996. While in the position of editorial leadership, Ivy earned various awards such as the premier magazine journalism award. He also received a highly coveted recognition in 2009, Crain Award, which is an American Business Media award for an individual. In 2010, he was named as a ‘Master Architect’ by the National Architecture fraternity due to his effective communication mainly on the value of design. Additionally, he has an authoritative biography published in 2001 where he showcases the work on American apprentice of Frank Lyold Wright.

In one of his efforts in bringing architects together to speak in one voice, Ivy made a major announcement from AIA concerning the architect industry. At the beginning of 2015, major advertisements lasting up to 30 seconds would be placed on leading networks such as Fox News and CNBC. The three-year plan which started in 2015 involves various ads, reaching out to the public in a single voice to help bring a difference in the architectural practice. Ivy acknowledges that no single ad can answer all questions about architecture, but it will go a long way in enhancing the value of the architects sustainably. He goes further to encourage architects to engage with others and the community (who involve potential clients) to change the overall perception of the profession.