AIA protects its future with new EVP/CEO

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     The American Institute of Architects (AIA), an organization offering support for architecture professionals, by way of its board of directors, named a new executive vice president and chief executive officer (EVP/CEO). Since 1857, it has represented licensed architects and professionals in the industries of construction and design, and recently, had been facing significant economic stress. For this reason, it had to be attentive and reactive to rising opportunities. Therefore, its members looked to the company to focus its efforts and resources on new horizons while facilitating growth.

Robert Ivy, a greatly recognized figure in the architectural profession, is the new EVP/CEO. He, with good reason, is the person on whom they have deposited their trust. He is the seasoned industry expert and a corporate leader they sought. The organization agreed that his passion for the profession, his knowledge and experience in the industry, as well as his leadership style will be of great benefit for the AIA.

As executive vice president and chief executive officer, Robert will be the manager of the national office in Washington, DC. At his disposal, he will have an annual budget of $56 million and 206 employees. His tasks include directing the focus of the institute in regards to design and practice issues, enhancing its voice to demonstrate how valuable design is and how much architects and architecture are understood by the public, and work in collaboration with more than 300 chapters nationally and internationally, to support members of the AIA.

Regarding the institute, Ivy believes it is a stellar organization which represents high design standards and professional ethics, and is happy to work hard, on behalf of all members, present and future, in order to enrich the valuable resource that it is.

Ivy holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the South in Tennessee, as well as a Master’s in Architecture from Tulane University in Louisiana. In 2009 he received the Crane Award, a distinction granted by the American Business Media for the contributions he has made to business media so far in his life. In 2010, Alpha Rho Chi, an architectural fraternity, recognized him as Master Architect for his work as communicator of the value of design to a rising generation or architects.

For more than a decade, he has been the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record, and has worked as the Vice President and Editorial Director for McGraw-Hill Construction. His duties required him to be responsible for efficiently managing an editorial organization, as well as procuring the excellent quality of publications about design and construction. He was also a principal with Ivy Architects, and with Dean/Dale, Dean and Ivy, a managing partner for almost 14 years before transitioning to corporate executive positions.

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