Robert Ivy is an an architect. Yet, notwithstanding the fact that he holds a Masters degree from the University of Tulane and has been furthermore accorded the title of Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi, a fraternal organization created specifically for those pursuing study in architecture and related fields, with a long-standing record of acknowledging leadership and merit, whose roots date back more than a century; despite these accolades in the exacting and demanding field of architecture, Robert Ivy is actually an adept at two distinct fields. In fact 2009 marks the year Ivy received the highest possible accolade that can be granted by the business media world, aimed at honoring a specific individual’s life-long contribution to the press, The Crane Award.
The award served to acknowledge Ivy’s tenure as editor in chief of the renowned periodical, Architectural Record, regarded as a premier source of newsworthy events in the world of design and within the area of continuing education in the field of architecture. However it also honored Ivy’s stint as Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, where besides ensuring a high level of quality was met for the numerous publications he oversaw, he took the Architectural Record to heretofore unimaginable heights of worldwide circulation.
Besides holding seats at four architectural school advisory boards, Robert Ivy also ascended to the dual posts of Vice President and CEO of the national American Institute of Architects in 2010, a pillar organization for those in the architectural community, created with a mandate to support those in the industry as well as uphold and improve the image of those within it. As a media savvy CEO, the position most definitely plays to Ivy’s strengths, requiring, as it does, media tools to aid in forging bonds between far-flung members, as well as keeping them abreast of useful information, such as industry trends. Magazines, like AIA, Chicago, serve as outreach tools for the organization, offering news, events education and resources for AIA members, as well as encouraging the readership, via its uplifting logo, to network, educate, inspire, three things that the Institute and Robert Ivy have and will undoubtedly continue to do.