American Institute of Architects Gets a New CEO

     Robert Ivy, who is a Fellow of The Board of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), was appointed to be new Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of that well-known and highly respected organization on December 16, 2010. The new office became effective for Mr. Ivy on February 1, 2011.

Editor in Chief of Architectural Record

Ivy himself has also been the Architectural Record’s Editor in Chief since 1996, as well as Editorial Director/VP of McGraw-Hill Construction, which included overseeing the editorial excellence of a wide range of construction and design publications for a major editorial organization.

Robert Ivy Thru the Years

Robert IVY received a Bachelor of Arts from Tennessee’s University of the South and a Master’s in Architecture from Tulane University in Louisiana. His elevation to the AIA College of Fellows was in 1993. In addition, Robert is a former partner in Ivy Architects, as well as a managing partner of Dean/Dale, Dean, and Ivy for almost 14 years. He also received the 2009 Crane Award, which is the top award of American Business Media for his lifetime contribution to business media. Alpha Rho Chi also recognized Robert Ivy as Master Architect because of his communication to a whole new generation of the value of design.

Advocate for Architects

Robert Ivy is probably best known for being an advocate for the architectural field regarding a number of the most significant political, social, and environmental issues that routinely affect the architectural and building environment. Not only that but he is dedicated to being a loyal AIA member after also serving on the organization’s Board of Directors throughout the 1990s.

Managing National Office & More

In the new AIA position, Robert Ivy will be managing its national office, which is located in Washington, DC. The organization has 206 employees and an annual budget of $56 million. He will be directing the organization’s focus on both design and issues of practice, while also enhancing the AIA’s voice and demonstrating the overall value of design. He is also working collaboratively with more than 300 nationwide AIA chapters while also overseeing all of the support to members of the AIA.

Founded in 1857 for the purpose of elevating the standing of the profession and promoting the scientific and practical perfection of its members, the AIA has 90,000+ members and five membership levels:

  1. Architect members (AIA)
  2. Associate members (Assoc. AIA)
  3. International associate members
  4. Emeritus members
  5. Allied members

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