American Institute of Architects (AIA) Names Its New Executive Vice President/CEO

     Robert Ivy has been named by the American Institute of Architects’ board to be the organization’s new Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer with effect from February 1, 2011. The umbrella that covers certified architects and relevant professionals, AIA has continued to serve the U.S’s design and construction sector since 1857.

Prior to his appointment, Robert has since 1996 served as the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record. He also doubled as the McGraw-Hill Construction’s Vice President/Editorial Director tasked with managing the organization and its affiliate publications. Before climbing to corporate executive roles, Robert Ivy served as Ivy Architects’ principal and Dean/Dale’s managing partner for about 14 years. In 2009, he was presented with the Crane Award due to his huge contributions to the business media in the United States. A year later, Robert was recognized by the Alpha Rho Chi as the Master Architect for his role in increasing design awareness among members of the new generation.

Robert is a respected figure in the United States’ architectural industry. He has made enormous contributions towards the sector, including championing for the environmental, social, and political factors affecting the industry. Robert Ivy is a key Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. In the 1990s he served on the organization’s Board of Directors.

After taking over his new office, Robert will be responsible for managing AIA’s Washington, D.C. national office that has 206 employees and an estimated annual budget of $56 million. He is tasked with overseeing the organization’s design practices, creating design awareness among members of the public, and working closely with more than 300 AIA chapters locally and internationally.

George Miller, the former president of AIA, has lauded the addition of Robert into the organization’s top leadership. He expressed their excitement to see him serve as the Executive Vice President/CEO, adding that his innovative leadership style accompanied by diverse industry experience will help drive the body forward. The 2010 AIA President also used the platform to appreciate Paul Welch, the outgoing interim EVP/CEO, for loyalty and interim leadership to the organization.

When it was his turn to speak, the 2011 President Clark Manus-FAIA confirmed that he thrilled to work with Robert Ivy on the Board. He, however, advised that the organization should be vigilant and quick to respond to emerging opportunities in order to ensure growth for its members. The incoming EVP/CEO also expressed his commitment to the profession as well as the success of the organization citing his passion for and readiness to drive AIA forward.

Robert Ivy pursued his BA in English from the University of the South before earning his Masters in Architecture from Tulane University. Headquartered in Washington, D.C, AIA works to support the Architectural industry in the US. The organization currently has over 90,000 members categorized in various levels.