Robert Ivy’s Accomplishments As The AIA’s CEO

Robert Ivy is the only architect to have been bestowed the honor of the Master Architect designation in the modern 21st century of architecture. Throughout the years, only seven individuals have received this honor, which makes it quite prestigious. Some of the big names that have also received this honor are Miles van der Rohe, Richard Buckminster Fuller and I.M. Pei.

Robert Ivy has been the Chief Executive Officer of the AIA, the American Institute of Architects, since 2011. The AIA is quite an impressive organization, and it has a strong membership of more than 90,000 members and hundreds of chapters. These members, who are spread out across the nation, are all architects and design professionals. These members wish to make a positive impact on their communities’ built environments.


Robert Ivy’s outstanding leadership as the organization’s CEO has manifested in massive efforts in advocacy, education initiatives and public outreach. Much of Mr. Ivy’s advocacy has been direct toward improving the general population’s awareness of modern architecture’s role in society. He wants the public to truly understand how valuable and relevant 21st century design professionals and architects are. Much of his focus in the past few years has been put into the preparation of modern architects for the unique group of issues and challenges that they will be faced with throughout their careers. Climate change is a big factor that these individuals need to concentrate on, as well as sustainability.

Long before taking on the responsibility of CEO at the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy was making a name for himself elsewhere in the world of modern architecture. At McGraw-Hill Construction, Mr. Ivy was the company’s Vice President and Editorial Director. He also did a fantastic job as the Editor-in-Chief for a magazine called Architectural Record, which achieved great success under Robert Ivy’s leadership. He holds a Masters Degree of Architecture from Tulane University and a Bachelors Degree of Arts in English from Sewanee (The University of the South).

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