Robert Ivy appointed the New AIA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer

     Robert Ivy has been named the executive vice president and chief executive officer of The American Institute of Architects. Taking over the position from February 1, 2011, Ivy will manage the company’s office in Washington, DC. Running an office with 206 employees and $56 million annual budget, he will control operations regarding design and practice issues.

Robert will also support AIA members through collaborative efforts with national and global divisions. AIA is a United based company supporting architects and other professionals in the construction and design industry. The organization was established in 1857 and currently has over 90,000 licensed architects and related professionals who are members.

George Miller, AIA 2010 President said that they are thrilled to have Robert occupying the position. He revealed that Robert possesses the kind of corporate leadership skills and experience sought by the board. He welcomed him to the institute and thanked the outgoing EVP/CEO for his devotion and diligent leadership. FAIA 2011 President, Clark Manus expressed his delight to start working with Robert. He declared it a fundamental moment for both AIA and the industry at large. Clark explained that the business should take advantage of emerging opportunities regardless of the difficult times in the past.

Robert Ivy said that he has always been proud to be part of a brand that stands for professional ethics and topmost standards of design. This illustrates the significance of design to clients and the society. Robert expressed his anticipation to working with the Board, staff, and components to enhance the business for the benefit of present and future members. He added that he was committed to the position as well as success and practices of members.

Since 1996, Robert has been the company’s Editor in Chief of Architectural Record. He also served as the VP and Editor Director for McGraw-Hill Construction. McGraw-Hill Construction is responsible for the editorial quality of construction and design publications. Prior to joining AIA, Ivy had served Dean/Dale, Dean and Ivy as the managing partner for around 14 years.

Robert has contributed greatly to the architectural industry including addressing environmental, social and political issues affecting the business. Due to his efforts, Ivy has received several awards and recognition. He was honored with the Crane Award and documented Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Architecture from the University of the South and Tulane University respectively.

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