Robert Ivy’s take on why professional organizations matter

Robert Ivy serves as the Executive vice president (EVP) and the chief executive officer of American Institute of Architects (AIA). Since 2011, Ivy has been involved extensively in steering over 87,000 members to greater heights. He believes that joining hands to work as a group gives an organization power to influence legislations. He also believes that professional organizations give individuals credibility and an opportunity to grow. Visit the website Architectural Record to learn more about Robert Ivy.

Vast experience

Robert Ivy has led construction publications for more than 14 years. This was when he was the editorial director and Vice president of McGraw-Hill construction firm. While at McGraw-Hill, Ivy also edited engineering news, architectural records and the designs of regional publications. These included SNAP and HQ magazines. Also, he was the chief editor for architectural records. Ivy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Sewanee University in Tennessee. He also boasts of holding a Master’s of Architecture from Tulane University.

Adhere to an organization’s ethical standards

Robert Ivy stands for and respects the values and ethical standards set by professional organizations. He encourages members of professional organizations to adhere by the organization’s code of ethics. Even though professional organizations require one to pay a membership fee, Ivy believes it is worth it. According to him, your voice is stronger when you speak as an organization as opposed to as an individual.

Other benefits of joining professional organizations

By joining a professional organization, members get the opportunity to network with other people. Also, members get access to educational resources which improve their skills. Attending seminars, boot camps and other training programs also creates a close network with other professionals.


Awards and honors

Robert Ivy is a recipient of numerous awards and honors. In 1998, Ivy received the “McGraw-Hill management excellence award.” He also received the “Crain award” in 2009. In 2010, he was awarded an accolade by “Alpha Rho Chi” for continuously teaching the value of architecture. He later penned an autobiography, “Fay Jones: Architect” in 2001. This autobiography is hailed for its high standards with respect to design, scholarship, and production.  Learn more about Robert Ivy at