The American Institute of Architects Has Come A Long Way since its Launch in 1857

     In 1857, 13 architects got together and created an organization to represent architects in the construction and design industry including both professional and licensed architects. They called this new organization, the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Today, the AIA consists of 90,000 members and 260 branches scattered throughout the world, with their main headquarters currently based out of Washington, DC.

On February 1, 2011, the Institute appointed one of their own fellow board members, previously a Chief Executive Officer/vice president of McGraw-Hill Construction, Robert Ivy, to Executive Vice President of the AIA.


Who is Robert Ivy

Born in Columbus, Mississippi, Robert Ivy is an architect who obtained his masters from Tulane University in Louisiana, and his bachelor of arts in Sewanee University of the South, in Tennessee. What is more, in 1993, Ivy was welcomed to the AIA College of Fellows.

Basically, Ivy’s journey began 1n 1981. While working as a critic for numerous global publications, Ivy also took a job at Dean/Dale, as a principal.

In 1996 Ivy became the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record Magazine in charge of 33 publications, both digital and print. As a result of Ivy’s enthusiasm and great leadership skills, Architectural Magazine was able to achieve multiple honors and awards in the publishing industry.

Later, Ivy moved on and became the Chief Executive Officer/vice president of McGraw-Hill. Furthermore, in 1998 his excellent management skills were recognized and Ivy received the McGraw-Hill award.

Subsequently, in 2008, Ivy picked up the Website of the year award. Thus, due to all his contributions as an excellent editor in the media business, he also received the G.D. Crain Award in 2009. Moreover, in 2010, the highly prestigious National architectural fraternity called, “Alpha Rho Chi”, named him a Master Architect in recognition of his skilled approach to portraying the value of design. Ultimately, this was a huge honor for Ivy as he was among seven other iconic master architects to receive this award within the past 100 years of the fraternity’s history.

All the while, Ivy continued to remain a loyal member of the AIA Board of Directors and on Feb 1, 2011, he was appointed Vice President of the firm.

Now, Ivy manages the company’s main establishment based in Washington, DC, with an annual budget of over $55 million, and approximately 206 employees.

What’s more is, Ivy continues to take part in many aspects of the architectural design field as he is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and was privileged to be one of the jurors who assigned Frank Gehry as the architect to design the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. Hence, he frequently speaks to the public about the important role that architecture plays in our lives and even wrote the definitive biography Fay Jones: Architect that AIA helped publish and is currently working on a third edition to add to the collection.

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