How Robert Ivy Became A Highly Influential Architect

     Robert Ivy is an architect who is from Columbus, Mississippi. For his bachelor’s degree he attended Sewanee Univerity, graduating in 1969. He then attended Tulane University and earned a master’s degree in architecture in 1976. He was a principal at an architectural firm called Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy which was based in Jackson Mississipi. This organization offers architectural services across the United States.

In October 1996, Robert Ivy left this architectural firm and became the editor in chief at McGraw-Hill Companies. This company releases many architecture-focused publications each month. Due to his leadership and writing ability one of these, Architectural Record, became the premier monthly publication in the industry and is now read throughout the world. During his time at McGraw-Hill Companies, Architectural Record won 26 Jesse H. Neal awards as well as being named as Website of the Year in 2008 by the MPA.

During his time with this company, Robert Ivy often served as a spokesman for the architectural industry. He addressed political and social questions about how design affects how people live. He also discussed how architecture can have an effect on the environment among other issues. His writing and speaking made him one of the most prominent architects in the United States over time.

Because of his clear and effective communication style, Robert Ivy was named as the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Insitute of Architects in February, 20011. His time at this professional organization has been to move the AIA into the 21st century. This meant he updated most of the technology this organization uses internally and to spread its message. He communicates his message to architects, those in the building industry, government officials, and the general public. One of his main messages is that good design leads to good health and a positive impact on the environment.

In his role as the head of the AIA, Robert Ivy has spoken all over the world and has been interviewed many times. Additionally, he has himself interviewed many of the most prominent people in the architectural industry which have been published in various formats. Three times he has served as the United States Commissioner at the Venice Architectural Biennale. He has also mentored many young architects and gotten them on to successful career paths. He now lives in Washington D.C. since that is where the American Institute of Architects is based.

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