Robert Ivy is the current CEO and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects. This is a position he has held since 2010. Robert went for his first degree, Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of the South in 1969 before going for his masters in architecture from the Tulane University in 1976.
Robert Ivy’s first job was at the McGraw-Hill Construction where he worked as the vice president. It is at this time that he also became the chief editor of architectural record, working in the publications and printing department. His aim while working there was to become a spokesperson for issues relating to politics and environment. The magazine managed to scoop various awards during that time. Some of them included 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards. It also got recognition from the editors at the American Society of Magazine.
Robert’s work revolves around helping other people come up with an incredible environment of buildings. He dedicates his life to helping architects take care of specific problems like climate change and sustainability in their jobs.
Due to his diligence, he has won numerous accolades during his career as an architect. For example, he scooped a managerial skills prize in 1998 that went by the name Mcgraw-Hill Award. In 2009, he got the Crain Award, which is considered the greatest personal recognition in American business media field. The following year, he was named Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi. This made him one of the only 7 people to win this accolade.
Robert Ivy is not only a CEO but an accomplished author. He published Fay Jones biography in 2001 and currently, the book is in its third edition. The book discusses Fay Jones, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. It also expounds the importance of architecture in day-to-day lives.
Robert lives in Washington D.C. and works on four architecture schools’ advisory board. The schools include the University of Mississippi State, Tulane University, Tongji University in China, and the Rural Studio of Auburn University.
Robert Ivy believes that architecture has a significant influence in many areas, including giving solutions to those hit by disasters and enhancing health. He hopes that the impact buildings are making can be proven through evidence, which is rare to find nowadays. In the past, most architects focused on lighting. Robert wants to change this to have more sustained studies that will yield better outcomes. To him, some places make people more productive or not, and he would love it if architects tracked this possibility. This would lead to the fixing of buildings that don’t correlate with productivity.