Belonging to a professional organization is not only beneficial to an individual member but also the organization as a whole. Joining a professional organization increases its resource base, hence the lobbying voice. According to Robert Ivy, architects are fewer compared to other professions, and joining a professional body is a sure way of increasing their voice. He discloses that the American Institute of Architects is committed to lobbying the policymakers to come up with decisions that cater to the interests of the American architects. One good example is the tax legislation, where the AIA’s advocacy organization vigorously lobbied for their interests.
Robert Ivy is the Chief Executive officer and the Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects. The AIA appointed Ivy as the CEO in 2011 after the exit of Christine McEntee, who became the leader of the American Geophysical Union. During his tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of the AIA, Ivy has demonstrated a commitment that has helped the organization’s exponential and revenue growth. As a reward for his outstanding work, Ivy has received the prestigious Polk Noel Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018.
Robert Ivy is also a widely experienced architect. He has served as the chief editor of the famous Architectural Record magazine. During his service as the Editor in Chief, Ivy assisted to grow the popularity of the magazine to one of the most widely read publications. He also served as the Editorial Director and Vice President of McGraw-Hill Construction Media. His role entailed the supervision of several releases under the banner of McGraw-Hill Construction Media. The publications included the Constructor, The Magazine of Sustainable Design, Architectural Record and the HQ Magazine among others.
During the period he has worked as the Editorial Director at McGraw-Hill Construction Media, Robert Ivy demonstrated his superb editorial skills. Through his efforts, the Architectural Record Magazine won several prestigious awards in the publishing industry. Most notable awards include the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award and the Premier Magazine Journalism Award. On his part, Robert Ivy received the most coveted recognition for an individual; the Crain Award from American Business Media. He also won the McGraw-Hill Award for his outstanding editorial management skills.