The Perks of Professional Organizations article, written by Rebecca Koeing, emphasizes the importance of professional organizations and societies for its members. Professional organizations provide members an opportunity to network, build credibility, strengthen their skill sets, and advance their careers. By offering co references, journals, and job-hunting resources, professional organizations can serve as a hub for both individuals who are new to the workforce and veterans alike. Robert Ivy, Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), is no stranger to professional organizations. Mr. Ivy has served on numerous boards of directors and advisory boards, including AIA, American Architecture Foundation, Tulane University, Mississippi State University, Auburn University’s Rural Studio, and Tongji University School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Robert Ivy can be quoted in the article stating, “Architects know the association stands for certain values and to be a member, you adhere to those values, and you’re held accountable.” Mr. Ivy also states that while in comparison to other organizations, architects may be in small numbers, but they have a significant influence in their field, particularly when advocating for issues affecting their workforce. Find out more about Robert Ivy at discoverorg.com
As evidence of Robert Ivy’s success, he has been recipient of multiple awards, including the:
- Voted Master Architect in 2010 by the Alpha Rho Chi, a professional fraternity for architect; which only seven individuals over a 100-year time frame have been selected;
- Granted the highest award offered by the American Business Media, the Crain Award in 2009;
- Received the McGraw-Hill Award in 1998 for Management Excellence;
- First architect to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, granted by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
Starting in 1996 as the Editor-in-Chief, after 14 years with AIA, Robert Ivy assumed his current position. Before AIA, Mr. Ivy served as a principal at Dean, Dale, Dean, and Ivy for over a decade, was the vice president and editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, and a Design Council Senior Fellow. Moreover, Mr. Ivy published is an autobiography, Fay Jones: Architect, which was published by AIA in 1992. Robert Ivy holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of the South and a Master of Architecture from Tulane University.