Robert Ivy | Hitting The Glass Ceiling In The Architectural Publication World

Robert Ivy is the CEO, and Executive VP of the American Institute of Architects commonly abbreviated AIA. He has a Bachelor of Arts English degree from the Sewanee: The University of the South. He also has a Masters of Architecture degree from Tulane University.

Career Background

Ivy became Architectural Record’s Editor in Chief in 1996 and helped grow the publication into the most widely read journal on architecture globally. He later became the Editorial Director and VP of McGraw-Hill Construction Media. The Media conglomerate included several publications like SNAP, Sweets, Constructor, ENR, Architectural Record: China, GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design, and HQ Magazine.

Ivy was one of the jurors who selected seasoned architect Frank Gehry to design the famous National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. Between 1981 and 1996, Ivy worked as a principal at Dean & Ivy and critiqued many national publications.

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AIA CEO and Executive VP

The American Institute of Architects is a network that consists of over 90,000 members made up of architects and design professionals who are committed to the enhancement of the built environment. The AIA also has over 250 chapters.

An architect by profession, Ivy is presently strengthening the AIA through education, public outreach and advocacy initiatives that assist members in serving their clients and communities better in this global era of change and challenge.

Under his leadership, the AIA has transformed its service delivery to serve the 21st-century architecture profession. He has helped reposition AIA from its traditional rich legacy into a responsive, influential, and proactive organizations. One of his primary goals is heightening public awareness about the relevance and value of all architects.

His main accomplishments at the AIA include streamlining its governance to improve the decision-making processes and implementing a digital-first tech infrastructure. He also helped launch an award-winning campaign on public awareness. Today, his focus is on shifting resources of the AIA to prepare architects to address current pressing issues like climate change, public health, and sustainability.


As the head of Architectural Record, the publication earned numerous industry awards including the National Magazine Award (General Excellency) from the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Magazine Journalism Award. Additionally, the publication won seven Ozzies: Folio Design awards, 26 Jesse H. Neal awards, as well as an MPA Digital Award in 2008 for the Website of the Year: Enthusiast.

Ivy was awarded the Crain Award in 2009, which is the highest recognition given to an individual by the American Business Media. He also received the Alpha Rho Chi in 2010.