Robert Ivy is one of the most celebrated master architects of all time — for a good reason. He is the man at the helm of the prestigious American Institute of Architects, AIA, the professional organization dedicated to architects.
He is serving as the Executive VP and CEO, a position he has held since 2011. The architect has a solid footing in the industry. With a master’s degree in Architecture from Tulane University, he has a long history of success in the industry.
Early in his career, he worked for Dean/Dale/Dean & Ivy. His name was also associated with numerous publications. Robert Ivy then had a long-running and successful career at McGraw-Hill Construction, which is a data and analytics company focused on the construction industry.
He served in the capacity of editorial director overseeing numerous publications. Some of these include SNAP, Constructor, Greensource, and HQ Magazine.
Prior to his appointment to the AIA, he served as the editor-in-chief of the prestigious Architectural Record Magazine.
The monthly journal covers architecture and interior design at great length. It is considered the authority on matters to do with design and architecture in the industry.
At the height of his career at McGraw-Hill Construction, he was in charge of more than thirty-three magazines in both classic and digital formats.
He is credited with pushing the architectural magazine into the mainstream. He steered Architectural Record to become the leading magazine in the industry. The magazine went on to win multiple publishing honors and dozens of industry awards.
The master architect has also won numerous awards in recognition of his contributions to the architectural industry. He is associated with Design Futures Council as a senior fellow.
Similarly, McGraw-Hill honored him in 1998 with an award for management excellence. In 2009, his journalism prowess earned him the Crain Award. The best recognition came in 2010 from the Alpha Rho Chi, the professional fraternity for architects.
The organization honored him with the master architect title in 2010. The award is in appreciation of his key role in creating public awareness on the value of design.
He is the only architect to get the coveted award in the twenty-first century. There are only seven other names with this designation by the professional fraternity body.
Some of these names include Richard Buckminster Fuller, Cass Gilbert, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe among others.
He hopes to inspire upcoming architects. He knows that the new generation of architects is quickly changing, and it is open to new ideas.
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