Robert Ivy works at the American Institute of Architects as the CEO and executive vice president. He began serving in these positions in February 2011. He is a graduate of The University of the South where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1969. He is also a graduate of Tulane University having earned his Masters of Architecture in 1976.
Early in his career, Robert Ivy worked at the firm Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy as a principal. He remained in this position until October 1996 when he joined McGraw-Hill Companies as the editor in chief of Architectural Record. Architectural Record is the top architectural journal in the world. For almost 15 years Robert Ivy led the magazine and its editorial content. He also served as a vice president and editorial director for McGraw-Hill from October 1996 to February 2011. He left these positions in February 2011 in order to join the American Institute of Architects.
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At the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy oversees this organization’s nearly 88,000 members. He is currently working on a vast overhaul of this organization so that they can remain relevant in the 21st century. Like many organizations and institutions, his organization has been affected by the rapid rise of technology and the internet in particular. Robert Ivy saw a need to reposition the organization in order to increase not only its value but that of all architects in the United States.
While Robert Ivy was an executive at McGraw-Hill he oversaw a number of their journals and magazines. This included GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design, Architectural Record: China, ENR, Sweets, Constructor, and SNAP. Earlier in his career, he also served on a prestigious panel that decided which architect would design the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington D.C. The ultimate selection of the panel was Frank Gehry.
Robert Ivy is also a published author. He wrote “Fay Jones: Architect” which was first published in 2001. The book is now in its third edition. It is about Fay Jones who was an architectural apprentice of the famed Frank Lloyd Wright.
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