Robert Ivy currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), having been appointed CEO in 2011. AIA is an organization of architects, spanning from 250 chapters with 90,000 members, with a mission to enhancing and improving the built environment.
Robert Ivy earned his Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from The University of South in 1969, having specialized in English and minoring in French. He continued his education at Tulane University where he received his Masters of Architecture in 1976. Robert Ivy established his career at McGraw-Hill Companies where he spent 15 years as Editor in Chief/Architectural Record where he served as head of the world’s leading architectural journal. He was promoted to Vice President/Editorial Director for the next 15 years where he lead MH Construction design and construction publications.
Having joined AIA in 2011, Robert Ivy’s main goal has been to increase the awareness, value, and relevance of architects. He builds Association relations internally and externally through advocacy, public outreach, and education initiatives. Doing so helps members engage and serve their clients and networks within an era of challenge and change.
Ivy is the writer/author of Fay Jones: Architect , a definitive biography that is now in its third edition. He also frequently speaks to audiences about the role and meaning of architecture in our daily lives.
Ivy has partnered with the Huffington Post to publish four articles via a blog regarding architecture. His most recent blog, Architects of Health, in which he introduces design thinking. Ivy states that innovative solutions to the obesity epidemic can derive from design and health. He believes that through more education (e.g. intertwined in curriculum), can ultimately encourage health-centered design neighborhoods an cities. The collaboration of education, design, and health can provide a new generation of public health professionals and design professionals. Ivy advocates for more programs to facilitate this collaboration. You may check all four Ivy’s Huffingtonpost blogs.
To learn more about American Institute of Architects (AIA), their mission, and architects behind the organization, see https://www.aia.org/leadership.