Robert Ivy is currently the CEO and executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), an architect’s organization that was founded in 1857. The organization was founded to promote the profession and elevate the standards of its members. Currently, the organization has over ninety thousand licensed members across the country. Members are required to adhere to certain codes of ethics and professional conduct to ensure a high level of professionalism.
Robert assumed the leadership of the organization in 2011 as CEO. Under his leadership, the organization has achieved significant successes especially in supporting its members serve clients in an era of constant change and challenges. Robert Ivy is transforming the organization from its passive reaction to issues to a more responsive and proactive way that address the 21st-century challenges. One of his main ambitions is to increase public awareness of worth of architects and the professional in general.
Among his many accomplishments in the organization is reorganizing governance and thereby improve decision-making processes. In addition, he is acclaimed for building the first technology infrastructure in the organization that has considerably improve delivery of services to their members. In an effort to sensitize the public about the relevance of the profession, he launched a successful public awareness campaign. Robert Ivy’s latest focus has been transforming the profession to address current challenges such as climate changes, public health, and sustainability.
Prior to joining AIA, Robert Ivy served different capacities in other reputable firms. In 1996, he was appointed the Editor in Chief of the Architectural Record. Later he assumed the position of vice president and editorial director at McGraw Hill Construction Media Company that hosted several publications.
Robert Ivy has received numerous awards in the course of his career. For instance, his editorial leadership enabled Architectural Record to rake various awards. In addition, he also received the McGraw-Hill Award for his exemplary performance. In 2009, he received the Crain Award which is the highest American Business Media recognition. Recently, he received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, becoming the first architect to receive the award. The award is normally given to Mississippi patrons and artists with recognizable efforts of creating and supporting art.