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From Professional Journal To Professional Organization, Robert Ivy Shines In The World Of Architecture

Robert A. Ivy, FAIA serves as the Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has served as the AIA’s CEO since February 1, 2011 when he succeeded Christine McEntee.

The AIA is the professional institute for U.S. architects. Founded in New York City in 1858, the AIA now has its headquarters in Washington, D.C. It includes more than 250 chapters and has nearly 90,000 members. The designation FAIA, or Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, indicates a member of the organization who has made significant contributions in his or her field. Only about 0.04% of AIA members are given the “Fellow” designation.

Ivy was previously the editor-in-chief of Architectural Record magazine. A total of 33 digital and print publications fell under the his editorial jurisdiction during this period, which lasted from 1996 until 2010. The magazine garnered a number of honors in the industry under Ivy’s leadership, including the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence. This award is rarely offered to a professional journal such as Architectural Record. Prior to his employment with Architectural Record, Ivy was an editor for the construction division of McGraw Hill.

He was born in Columbus, Mississippi. Ivy currently resides in Washington, D.C.

In recognition of his editorial excellence in business media, Ivy was awarded the G.D. Crain Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. In 2010, Ivy earned the designation of Master Architect. His education began at Sewanee University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree, and then continued at Tulane, where he earned his master’s degree in architecture. Ivy is the only architect to have earned the Master Architect designation from the Alpha Rho Chi fraternity (the national architecture fraternity) thus far in the 21st century.

As the author of the biography Fay Jones: Architect, Ivy wrote what is considered the definitive biography of Jones, the apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright. The book has been praised for Ivy’s extensive research and scholarship on the subject.

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