Mr. Robert Ivy is the human archetype defined by the architectural industry. He was born in Mississippi and attended Tulane University in Louisiana and the University of the South in Tennessee where he graduated cum laude. His degrees include a Master of Architect and a BA in English. Robert is the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Vice President of the national and internationally renowned American Institute of Architects (“AIA”)
AIA is headquartered in Washington, DC and under his leadership, the organization has increased its membership exponentially. Prior to heading the AIA organization, Ivy held the position of Vice President and Editorial Director of the McGraw Hill publishing company’s Architectural Record Magazine division. Robert Ivy is the author of Fay Jones: Architect which is an autographical account of Ms. Jones’ life. The book is part of the architectural curriculum taught in classrooms around the world.
CEO Robert Ivy carries a principle at AIA which is to make our structures and buildings a healthy and safe place to live, work, and play. The AIA is working with and educating physicians around the world on the danger that older structures cause on our health. Ivy and AIA believe in the premise of “thinking outside the box,” to help solve many architectural issues regarding our buildings.
AIA is designing residential and commercial structures to stand up during winds that accompany hurricanes, buildings that use eco-friendly materials, intuitively-inspired technology embedded in a building’s design, and buildings that can withstand an earthquake. As a strong advocate for lobbying efforts, Robert Ivy believes that professional associations like the AIA are helping to make decisions the benefits their members and the public.
Mr. Ivy states that the architectural industry is a small voice compared to larger organizations, but that their efforts in the political arena give a voice to issues that are important to AIA that stand for value and accountability. He encourages members to list the AIA on their LinkedIn profiles and to include its mention on their resumes. Robert Ivy is a member of many global organizations in architecture like the International Circle of Architecture Critics and the Venice Architecture Biennale.
He is also a member of China’s Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures and the annual World Architecture Festival. Mr. Ivy has also been awarded by the Alpha Rho Chi with a Master of Architect honor. In April 2018, he received a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters acknowledgment which awards Mississippians for their contributions to mankind. His award is the first of its kind given to anyone in the architectural industry.