Distinguished FAIA Architect Robert Ivy is a Worthy Ambassador

There were almost 100,000 trade and professional associations in the United States in 2010, according to reports produced by the American Society of Association Executives. This fact highlights the usefulness, and necessity of such consortiums. Visit architectmagazine.com to know more about Robert Ivy.

Professional associations, otherwise known as industry societies can help students and workers learn, and perform at even greater capacities. The inclusion of educational programs as well as network building opportunities make membership in these professional organizations a standard for career advancement. Membership in an organization boosts its lobbying power, allowing it to further its interests. Industry expert, and insider Robert Ivy agrees. He believes architects benefit through cooperative advocacy to effect the outcomes of legislation.

As recent recipient of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, CEO of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robert Ivy, has joined the likes of Morgan Freeman, Shelby Foote, and Eudora Welty. He is the first architect in a line of Mississippi-linked artists and patrons recognized for their extraordinary and prolific support of art throughout their lifetimes. The honor is bestowed by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL), an organization which celebrates writers, artists, and musicians.

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Robert Ivy first earned his Bachelor’s in English from Sewanee: The University of the South. Shortly after, he earned a Master of Architecture degree at Tulane University.

Prior to his position as chief executive officer of AIA, Mr. Ivy served as Editor-in-Chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. Under his direction, the journal became the most distributed architecural-based pieces of media worldwide, additionally gaining many awards. He also oversaw design and construction media as McGraw-Hill growth in Asia.

Since his 2011 appointment at the AIA, the Institute has grown remarkably, and is at its highest membership numbers in its history.

Robert Ivy has also been honored by architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, and the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture. Follow Robert Ivy at Twitter.