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2021 Robert Ivy, FAIA, EVP/CEO, American Institute of Architects
EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, announced May 3 that he plans to retire at the end of 2021 after a decade of service in the top spot of the American Institute of Architects.
A “renaissance man” with a broad range of interests and acumens, Ivy has distinguished himself as a master communicator using built form or English language: as an architect in his native Mississippi, as a book author (the authoritative biography Fay Jones: The Architecture of E. Fay Jones, FAIA), and later as Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record magazine. He also is distinguished as “Master Architect,” a title bestowed by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, for his effectiveness in communicating the value of design. He is one of seven architects, including I.M Pei, Mies van der Rohe, and Buckminster Fuller, to receive this honor in 100 years and the only 21st century recipient to date.
Ivy’s leadership of Architectural Record spanned 1996 – 2010, when he also served as vice president and editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media. Over that time, he extended the magazine’s reach to China and strengthened its coverage of technology, practice and economic issues, and sustainability. Offices in New York’s midtown south rendered him close to the terrorist attacks of September 11, and his subsequent writings to a profession shaken to its core helped speed healing and rebuilding.
Ivy’s tenure as AIA EVP/CEO began in 2011 on the heels of the Great Recession, and over the past decade, he has restored financial health and expansion to the organization. As the tumult of past few years, as the pandemic, climate change and clamoring for resilience, civil unrest, and new awakenings to social inequity cause American society to take stock, Ivy steadfastly has led the AIA to rediscover and raise its voice. The decade of his leadership has seen the Institute’s membership rise to 95,000+, as more and more people in the building industry hear that voice and choose to be part of the optimism and solution that it proffers.
During his AIA tenure, Ivy has been a good and generous friend to NIBS, co-hosting the joint CEO Forums, supporting and sponsoring the establishment of the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK), and encouraging development of the Building Enclosure Councils nationwide network.
2020 The Honorable Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, NAC, CCM, LEED AP
2018 Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA
2017 James T. Ryan, COB
2016 Gerald H. Jones, P.E.
2015 Emory R. Rodgers
2014 Earle Kennett
2013 Jimmy Wayne Sealy, FAIA
2012 Steven Hays, PE, CIH and FACEC
2011 Mortimer M. Marshall, FAIA, NOMAC