Robert Ivy is an important figure in the field of architecture, and has had a long, successful career. He has made strides in the publishing industry and has contributed much to the field with his position in the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Before entering the field and moving his way up the leadership ladder, Ivy earned a Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South and then a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University. One of his earlier career accomplishments includes becoming Editor in Chief of the magazine Architectural Record.
While editor in chief, he was responsible for the publication growing to become the world’s most widely circulated architectural journals. While there, he supervised the production of a number of physical and digital publications. Thanks to his leadership, the magazine won numerous awards which include 26 Jesse H. Neal awards for magazine journalism, The National Magazine Award for General Excellence, a 2008 MPA Digital Design Award for Website of the Year and 7 Ozzies: Folio Design Awards. Ivy’s career involves other forays into publishing as well. In 2001, the biography that he authored, “Fay Jones: Architect” was published and is currently in its third edition. The book details the work of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In addition, Ivy served as vice president and editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction.
In 2011, Ivy was named Chief Executive Officer of the AIA. Since assuming the role, Ivy has done much for the organization in terms of revolutionizing the way the organization serves the profession of architecture. For one, he spearheaded investigations into the roles that architects have in society along with the future of architecture. Ivy also helped launch a pioneering digital technology infrastructure along with spreading public awareness. Ivy made a commitment to a decade long effort to use design as a way to improve public well being with the use of grants, community planning and digital programs. Ivy has used AIA resources to address the issues that matter the most, such as climate change and sustainability in architecture.
Ivy’s accomplishments do not stop there. In 2009, he was a recipient for the G.D Crain award. He was also named “Master Architect” in 2010 by Alpha Ro Chi. He is the only architect to be selected for the award in the 21st century. While he has accomplished much in his career thus far, there is much more that he plans to do for the world of architecture.
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