The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has appointed Robert Ivy as its new executive vice president. AIA is an organization charged with the responsibility of licensing architects across the country. It was founded in 1857 and has its headquarters in Washington DC. Mr. Ivy’s appointment comes at a time when the organization is seeking to diversify its operations and partner with sectors not necessarily within the building and design industry. AIA aims at ensuring that it provides proper guidelines about design and construction in the country as well as making sure that all practicing architects are licensed.
Robert Ivy is not new to in the architectural world; he is currently the chief editor of Architectural Record where he has been in the position since 1996. Besides, he is also the Vice President of McGraw Hill-Construction which is responsible for managing family publications in the design and construction industry. Before moving into the corporate world, Robert Ivy was a managing partner with Dean/Dale and principle with Ivy Architects for over 14 years. He is also a recipient of the 2009 Crane Awards which is one of America’s top awards organized by the media industry to recognize to contributors in business reporting.
As the New Executive Vice President, Mr. Ivy will be in charge of the main office at Washington DC. The office has an annual budget of $56 million with over 200 employees. His main task will be to give the institution a clear direction regarding practice and design issues. Ivy will also be responsible for coordinating with over 300 chapters of AIA across the United States and overseas and ensure that they get the necessary support from the organization. AIA Board of Directors has confidence that the new Executive Vice President will use his experience to steer the organization towards the right direction.
Former AIA president, Mr. George H. Miller expressed his joy after the new appointment. “We are excited to see Mr. Ivy as our new Executive Vice President, we believe that his experienced as a practicing architect and leadership positions in the variously related organization will help the organizations attain its objective,” said Miller. On his part, Clark Manus the FAIA 2011 president said that AIA had undergone financial challenges in the past few years and that he was confident Mr. Ivy’s appointment was timely.
Mr. Ivy went to the University South Tennessee for his bachelor degree and obtained his master’s degree in Architecture at Tulane University, Louisiana.