Robert Ivy has been at the American Institute of Architects since February of 2011. He is the organizations Executive Vice President as well as Chief Executive Officer. The organization he leads has almost 88,000 members who are also registered architects as he is himself.
He attended the Sewanee: University of the South and earned a degree in English from this institution in 1969. He graduated cum laude and in addition to majoring in English he also minored in French. He went on to Tulane University which is where he earned his masters of architecture degree in 1976.
Robert Ivy worked in the architectural field for twenty years up until he joined McGraw-Hill companies in 1996. He was the editor in chief of their magazine Architectural Record for over 14 years. He also served at McGraw-Hill as a vice president and editorial director. Among the magazines he oversaw at McGraw-Hill were their design and construction publications. Among these magazines were Engineering News Record, GreenSource, Record in China, Constructor, as well as HQ. He also oversaw a number of regional publications. He left this company in 2011 in order to join the American Institute of Architects.
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While serving as the editor in chief of Architectural Record, Robert Ivy earned a number of publishing industry awards. He won the premier magazine journalism award. He also won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. His win of this award was surprising because it is almost never given out to those who operate a professional journal. While he was leading the journal it won 26 Jesse H Neal Awards. It also won 7 Ozzies: Folio Design Awards. In 2008 his journal won the award for Website of the Year: Enthusiast.
As an author, Robert Ivy has also published a book. He wrote a biography called, “Fay Jones: Architect” which has been described as the most thorough accounting of this influential architect to this date. His book on this architect was first published in 2001. It is now in its third edition and was cited by the Art Library Society of North America as meeting their highest standards of writing.