From 1996 to 2010 architect Robert Ivy led the publication Architectural Record as its editor-in-chief. This publication, put out by Mcgraw-Hill Construction Media, is the foremost magazine in the field of architecture. He also oversaw several other publications at this company such as Engineering News Record, Constructor, and all of their associated websites.
It was in 2010 that he became the top executive at the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the professional organization that serves this profession. This organization serves a number of roles such as representing architects to the public and government, setting professional and ethical standards, and advocating for architects. Robert Ivy has been a fellow of the AIA for many years and he is now both the executive vice president of this organization as well as its chief executive officers.
For 15 years, from 1981 to 1996, he worked as an architect at Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy where he was also the principal. Over the course of his career he has received many industry awards including 7 Ozzies and 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards. His highest honor, though, occurred when a national fraternity of architects called Alpha Rho Chi voted him as a Master Architect by unanimous vote. In the over 100 year history of this organization only seven other architects have been given this designation.
In addition to his role at the AIA, Robert Ivy serves four architectural universities by being on their advisory boards. Three of these are in the United States and include Auburn University’s Rural Studio, Mississipi State University, and Tulane University. The fourth is located in China and is the Tongji University School of Architecture and Urban Planning. He attended the University of the South where he earned his undergraduate in English and then he attended Tulane University where he graduated with an M.Arch in 1976.
The AIA is based in Washington D.C. and has chapters across the nation as well as overseas. It’s formation occurred in 1857 when a group of architects in New York saw the need for professional standards to be created in the world of architecture. The members of this organization include architects as well as those in affiliated fields such as construction. They employ about 200 people at their headquarters who coordinate with those in the local chapters so that the AIA speaks with a united voice on issues that are important to those in this profession.