Robert Ivy FAIA

EVP/Chief Executive Officer, American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Since assuming leadership responsibility for the AIA, Ivy initiated two important investigations into the role of architects in society and the future of architecture practice. In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, Ivy committed the AIA to a decade-long effort to make design a catalyst for improving public health through research grants, digital programs, and community planning. Expanding awareness and understanding of architects’ essential role motivated Ivy to launch a comprehensive effort to build a responsive and relevant 21st Century AIA that advances the position of architects and bolsters a national dialogue about the central role architecture plays in our everyday life. A primary goal of this repositioning initiative is to update the role of the AIA in light of the social, economic, and creative challenges facing the profession. Prior to joining the AIA, Ivy was Vice-President & Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction and Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record, where he also oversaw 16 print and 17 digital publications. Under his direction, Architectural Record garnered numerous awards, including 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards for magazine journalism and a rare distinction for a trade journal, the National Magazine Award for General Excellence conferred by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Throughout his career, Ivy has been a sought-after spokesperson for the profession on important issues, such as the effect of architecture on climate, education, healthcare and the community. Ivy earned an MArch degree from Tulane University, and a BA (cum laude) in English from the University of the South (TN). He is a member of CICA, the International Circle of Architecture Critics and Alpha Rho Chi, a national architecture fraternity, named him a “Master Architect” in 2010.