Robert Ivy is the American Institute of Architects CEO and executive vice president. He was promoted to CEO in 2011. Born in Columbus, Mississippi, Ivy has a bachelor’s degree in English from The University of the South and a master’s from Tulane University in Architecture. In 1981 he was hired as a principal with Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy. He remained with the company until 1996. During that time Ivy also served as a critic for a large number of national publications.
In 1996, Robert Ivy became Architectural Record’s editor-in-chief. During his time with the publication, Ivy helped it to grow tremendously. He did such a good job that Architectural Record became the architectural journal that was more widely read than any other in the world. After having developed a reputation for incredible work, Robert Ivy was hired by McGraw-Hill Construction Media as editorial director and vice president. Their stable of publications included SNAP, GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design, HQ Magazine, Architectural Record: China, ENR, Sweets and Constructor.
Robert Ivy was so well respected in architectural circles, he was selected as part of the jury panel that chose architect Frank Gehry to be the one to design the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. He’s also a Design Futures Council Senior Fellow. Plus, in 1998 Ivy was given the McGraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence. He was given the Crain Award in 2009. It’s the highest recognition the American Business Media gives to an individual.
Ivy’s work also garnered Architectural Record a number of very prestigious publishing industry awards. They include an National Magazine Award for General Excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors, the premier magazine journalism award. The publication also won 7 Ozzies: Folio Design Awards, over 2 dozen Jesse H. Neal Awards, along with being voted 2008 Website of the Year by MPA Digital.
Since the American Institutes of Architects hired Robert Ivy as executive vice president and CEO, the registered architect and well-respected corporate executive has helped heighten the 87,890 member organization’s value and relevance through ambitious projects that are repositioning it for the 21st century.