Robert Ivy is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, the premiere organization representing licensed architects and professionals in the design and construction industry since 1857. Highly regarded as a thought leader in the field, he was formerly the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record, the world’s largest professional architectural publication. Under his leadership, Architectural Record received publishing’s highest honor in 2003, the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. A frequent spokesperson for the profession, he travels extensively as an advocate for many of the most important social, political, and environmental issues affecting the built environment. In 2002, the US Department of State appointed Ivy as US Commissioner to the Venice Biennale of Architecture. In 2003, Ivy was named Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Publications. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University, where he serves on the advisory board, and a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in English from the University of the South.