When Robert Ivy took over the American Institute of Architects in 2011 from Christine McEntee who resigned, it was a turnaround to the organization. Christine resigned to become the Executive Director of Geophysical Union. It was because Robert came with a lot of knowledge and experience that he had from the previous companies and his education background that the AIA has become what it is to date.
Between October 1996 to February 2011, Robert Ivy was the editor in chief of Architectural Records and vice president of McGraw-Hill construction. Robert had helped these companies greatly and turned them into award-winning institutions. The most notable award was the one awarded to Architectural Record the Jesse H. Neal awards. This is a very rare award to any magazine journal and was awarded by American Society of Magazine Editor. These were some of the fruits of Robert Ivy’s labor.
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Robert has been very keen in addressing the issue of architecture and environment and other fundamental issues like social, political and environmental issues concerning architecture. When he was working in these organizations, many prints and publications were achieved under his tenure and this had a positive impact on the organizations. In 2009, he received the highest individual recognition from the American Business Media, the Crain award. Then, in 2010, he was named as the master architect by Alpha Rho Chi which is another recognition which was only held by seven people before Robert. These include Richard Buckminster Fuller, I.M Pei, and Mies Van der Rohe.
Mr. Robert Ivy’s education background is also a factor that has contributed to his success. A B.A in Laude English from the University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee achieved in 1965 to 1960 and M.Arch from Tulane University between 1973 and 1976 were remarkable. He is so positive on the relevance of architects in the society that he also creates public awareness to teach them on the importance of the good relationship between architects and the society at large. It will continue building trust between architects and the society.
Robert Ivy has worked very hard to ensure that the dignity of architects is restored. As the CEO of the AIA he has a role in ensuring that the voice of architects is heard. He also has a role in ensuring that the public is sensitized on the important role that professional designers and architects undertake. Robert Ivy is also an advocate of diversification in the profession.
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