Robert Ivy was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on February 1, 2011. AIA is the leading organization that represents licensed architects and professional designers in the construction and design industry. Robert Ivy himself is an architect.
He also holds other position in the architectural field. Since 1996, Robert Ivy has been the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record. Another position he holds is that of the “Vice President and Editorial Director for McGraw-Hill Construction”. Here, his mandate is to manage editorial work for publications related to design and construction field.
Before moving to corporate positions, Robert served as a principal with Ivy Architects as well as being a managing partner with “Dean/Dale, Dean and Ivy” for a decade and a half. In 2009, he was awarded the Crane Award by the American Business Media for his contributions to the business media while working as the editorial chief. He received another recognition of being a “Master Architect” Alpha Rho Chi (an organization of architects) in 2010 for his efforts in teaching the new generation the importance of design work before construction.
Robert Ivy has also been vocal in advocating for the rights of architects in the spheres of political, social, and environmental matters affecting the construction industry.
This position of the CEO requires Robert to manage the association from the Washington, DC headquarters. His main roles are to direct and guide the organization on design practices within the Institute and to be the voice of the AIA in terms of representation to the public. He also coordinates and supports members in the over 250 chapters of the association that are found both locally and overseas.
Robert Ivy in his career has acquired both industry experience and leadership skills that make him a perfect head of the Architects profession. At the time of his appointment, the profession was not doing so well due to economic stresses and therefore it required some one of perfect leadership skills to propel it back to glory. It needed a manager who will assure both good resources allocation and growth at the same time. Today, it’s crystal clear that the appointment of Robert Ivy was deserving. He has been able to catapult the organization back to glory.