Robert A. Ivy is one of the most respected and prominent figures in the architectural field today. He earned the “Master Architect” title from the national architectural fraternity Alpha Rho Chi. This is a designation reserved only for the most distinguished individuals who have contributed extensively to the architectural field. The Alpha Rho Chi fraternity has only given this title to eight individuals in its 103-year history. Some of the recipients include, Nathan Clifford Ricker, I.M. Pei, Richard Buckminster Fuller and now Robert Ivy. Robert is the first individual to receive this title in over 35 years and the only one this century.
Robert earned his bachelors of arts in English from Swanee: The University of the South and went on to pursue his masters in architecture from Tulane University. After completing his degree he joined McGraw Hill as the Editorial Chief for the McGraw Hill Architectural Record. Under Robert’s helm the Record became the most widely read architectural journal in the world. The Record, as it has come to be known received many awards with Roberts guidance such as, 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards and the 2008 MPA digital award.
Robert also became the Editorial Director and Vice President at McGraw Hill Construction Media. In 1998, Robert was awarded the McGraw-Hill management award for excellence and participated in the panel that elected Frank Gehry to be the architect for the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Memorial.
Starting in 2009, Robert had an incredible run of success. First, he received the Crain award then he was given the “Master Architect” designation in 2010 and finally in 2011 he became the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for the American Institute of Architects. Robert had been a fellow with the AIA for many years and it was only natural for him to become its leader and CEO.
Thirteen architects looking to preserve and uphold the architectural profession in America founded the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1957. The AIA organization aims to improve the reputation and appreciation for the architectural profession. These ideals are similar to Roberts. He has always attempted to promote the profession and enhance the value of architects in the nation. As CEO of the AIA, Robert has begun increasing its public outreach programs through publications in magazines and journals including the Architectural Record. He has also increased the awareness of professional architects and their relevance in society by providing AIA educational initiatives. Under Roberts’s direction and guidance the AIA has expanded exponentially. It is now comprised of over 90,000 members and helps each and every one of them in achieving their dreams and goals while spreading the value of architects in America and the world.