In 2011 the American Institute of Architects made Robert Ivy the Executive Vice President and CEO of their organization. Founded in 1857, The American Institute of Architects consists of over 90,000 members and has over 300 chapters, spread throughout the United States and the world. It is one of the largest organization for professional architects in the world. The organizations gala is to promote ethical work and design practices and to display the importance of architecture in modern society.

As the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy is in charge of the organizations head office in Washington D.C. He oversees 206 employees and is office operates on an annual budget of $56 million. His position makes him responsible for overseeing the dispersal of architecture knowledge. He is also in charge of solving any internal problems with designs or ethics.

Robert Ivy attended Sewanee: The University of the South and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He then attended Tulane University, graduating with a Masters of Architecture degree.

During his career in architecture, he has held many different positions. In 1996 he became the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record, a magazine based on architecture and interior design. He was the Vice President and Editorial Director for McGraw-Hill Construction Media. In this position, Ivy oversaw the publications of many different writings, including Architectural Record: China and The Magazine of Sustainable Design, two popular architecture magazines. He also held the position of principal with Ivy Architecture and was a managing partner of Dean/Dale Dean and Ivy.

Ivy has received several awards and accolades during his career. In 2009 he won the Crain Award from American Business Media, their most prestigious award. In 2010 the nation architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi awarded him the rank of Master Architect.

Ivy remains one of the most revered leaders in the architecture community. He has a large amount of respect for the American Institute of Architecture and the goals they have set. He plans to continue serving the architecture community and to ensure that architects worldwide meet ethical and professional standards.

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