Robert Ivy is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of The American Institute of Architects, He has held the position of CEO of the organization since 2011. These are positions that he is more than qualified to hold. He has a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts, graduating Cum laud, in English from The University of the South. But superior academic chops are not his only credentials to be sure.
He started his career as a principle at Dean/Dale, later Dean & Ivy. He joined the staff of Architectural Record in 1996, and in the position of Editor in Chief he helped to grow the publication into what it is today, the most widely read architectural journals in the world. He later went on to become the Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media. A position which allowed him to guide the development of some of the most respected magazine and trade papers in the building industry. These accolades were, in part, among the chief reasons why he was selected to serve on the jury panel that helped to select the winning design for the Dwight D Eisenhower memorial. He has also served in varying capacities for many national and international publications in the area of architecture and building design.
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He is perhaps best known for his highly acclaimed and authoritative biography of one of the most important female architects to ever live, Fay Jones entitled, Fay Jones: Architect. Which was published originally in 2001 and is currently in its third edition. The work is one of his proudest achievements, showcasing the amazing life and career of one of the most significant of all of Frank Lloyd Wright’s students.
Ivy has also been honored with several awards both his work and for his guidance of the publications that he has served with. These awards include the Crane Award, American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence, and the McGraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence. He is also a fellow of the Designs Futures Council, and has been named a Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi.
Robert Ivy is a leader in his field and a respected academic. He is a prime example of how much one can accomplish when one is doing what they love and are passionate about.
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