Robert Ivy earned his first degree in Bachelor of Arts at the University of the South, Tennessee before pursuing a master’s degree in architecture at Tulane University in Louisiana. By 1993, he was recognized and elevated by the AIA College of Fellows.
After his appointment as the new executive VP and CEO of American Institute of Architect (AIA), Robert expressed his experience with the institute as one that represents the highest standards of professionalism and design in the construction industry. To him, the AIA offers a powerful message to both its clients and the communities when it comes to architectural design, and he looks forward to joining hands with the staff, the board and other components in the institute. Robert Ivy showed his commitment to the success of the institute and the profession towards a transformed economy.
Clark Manus, who was the president of AIA in 2011, commented and said that the architectural industry was at a pivotal time. As such, it would be important to consider an individual who had the proper leadership skills to join the board and help AIA from the economic stress and economic rebounds that the world was facing. Clark said that Robert was among the best leaders in the architectural world and joining the AIA was the best decision to make. Clark is hopeful that Robert would be able to focus the resources and efforts provided by AIA to facilitate growth and respond vigilantly to emerging opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad.
George Miller, AIA’s president in 2010, also had his sentiments regarding the appointment of Robert Ivy. In his view, George was excited to see the combination of Robert’s skills and industry experience would help transform the leadership agenda at the board and the institute. In his view, George recognized the leadership style, seasoned experience and passion that Robert has presented himself with over the years, and he is hopeful that the unwavering loyalty of Robert would show steadiness and diligence during his tenure at the helm of management at AIA.
Robert Ivy is to join the national office in Washington, DC where he would be leading at least 200 employees and manage a budget of more than $56 million every year. Members of the AIA are also hoping to see Robert enhance the voice of the institute by demonstrating design value and the understanding of the public to architects and the profession. Robert is also expected to work in collaboration with 300 other chapters both overseas and nationwide. AIA members expect Robert’s first move to focus on raising tremendous support for the institute and by extension, the members. This is because Robert has proven to be an advocate for the profession for many years. He is well known for tackling issues that touch the profession and affect their social, political and environmental affairs.
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