American Institute of Architects: 90,000 Members Strong and Growing
Robert Ivy, educated at Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana, received his Master’s Degree in Architecture and is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects. Ivy works out of Washington, DC, where he manages a $56 million budget and operates with a staff of 206.
The American Institute of Architects is an organization for architects that work to improve the professions public image. They offer social outreach, city redevelopment help, and continuing education. The AIA is over 90,000 members strong. Each member performs by a code of ethics and adheres to professional conduct that benefits the public, their clients, and colleagues. The AIA and Ivy previously collaborated when the institute published his book, Fay Jones: Architect, in 1992.
The organization offers membership at five different levels. The member’s level is open to architects licensed in the United States. Associate members are not licensed to practice, but they work under architects. International associate members hold equivalent licenses outside of the United States. Members who join on the Emeritus level have been members for 15 years in a row; they must be at least 65 and unable to work in the profession. Allied members are people who support the architectural field. These members include engineers, planners, and manufacturing and research firms.
Ivy is also a member of International Circle of Architecture Critics and the American Architecture Foundation. He now serves as an advisor for the Tulane University and Mississippi State University architectural programs. He also serves internationally on the advisory boards for the Tongji University School of Architecture and Urban Planning in Shanghai, China.
In 1996, Robert Ivy became the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record. As editor-in-chief, Ivy’s contributions made the professional journal an award winning, worldwide architectural periodical. One prestigious award earned by Architectural Record was journalism honor, the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence. This is a significant achievement because it is unusual for a publication based on a profession to be awarded this honor.
His was the Vice President at McGraw-Hill, which including being the editorial director. He worked with the Construction Media department. His was in charge of Sweets, Constructor, ENR, HQ Magazine, SNAP, GreenSource, and Architectural Record: China. During his tenure, he earned the award for Management Excellence. Previously the principal at Dean and Ivy for over 14 years, he was critiquing national media.
Voted “Master Architect” in 2010 by the national architectural fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, Robert Ivy is only one of seven to receive this award in its 100-year history. In the 21st century, he has been the only architect chosen.