Robert Ivy-The Man, The Myth, The Legend

The American Institute of Architects is an organization designed to meet the needs and desires of the professional architect within the United States. They provide services such as education, advocacy (governmental), community redevelopment, and community outreach.

“The Institute” was founded in 1857 and is headquartered in Washington D.C. The agency’s Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer is Robert Ivy.

Robert Ivy’s career began in 1981-1996 when he was principal with Ivy Architects. He was also the managing partner with Dean, Dale, Dean, and Ivy Architects. As principal, Ivy restored an old abandoned building on Market Street. The building has been so renovated to the point that it is now the location for Attorney David Dunn’s law office.

In 1996 Robert Ivy became Editor and Chief of Architectural Record (an architectural journal). Under his leadership, AR (Architectural Record) expanded to become the most popular read architectural documentation worldwide. In addition, Ivy held the position of Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media which is a conglomeration of multiple architectural journals and/or documents including Architectural Record (as previously mentioned), Green Source: The magazine of Sustainable Design, HQ Magazine(Headquest Magazine-a business to business magazine that serves a wide range of retailers since 1998), and Constructor Magazine just to name a few.

As Editor and Chief, Robert Ivy led the way to Architectural Record (journal) receiving multiple publishing honors including (but not limited to…) the premier magazine journalism award, The National Magazine Award for General Excellence, and 26 Jesse H.Neal Awards (a business journalism editorial award awarded yearly in multiple categories.

Robert Ivy received personal achievements and accolades as well. For example, Ivy
received The American Business Media’s most prestigious acknowledgement to an individual (The Crain Award) in 2009. Prior to that, in 1998, Robert Ivy was awarded The McGraw-Hill Award for excellence in Management. Also, among other achievements, Ivy is a Senior Fellow with The Designs Futures Council.

Robert Ivy received his Bachelor of Arts(cum laude) degree from Sewanee College located in Sewanee, Tennessee and his Masters degree in Architecture from Tulane University located in Louisiana.

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