Robert Ivy: Architect, Editor, And Mississippian

Robert Ivy was educated first at Sewanee: The University of the South, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English degree, followed by a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University’s School of Architecture.

He was also honored by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi for being able to communicate the value of design. He’s designated as a Master Architect, one of seven in the fraternity’s century long existence and the only architect selected in the 21st century.

Robert Ivy was the Editor-in-Chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record before 2011 and led it to being the most widespread architectural journal worldwide and gained it much acclaim. He also led projects during McGraw-Hill’s global expansion, launching two new versions of the journal in different languages for international audiences.

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Robert Ivy became the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer at The American Institute of Architects in 2011 and in his extra time has written a book and is a practicing architect. Since he became CEO of AIA in 2011, the Institute has grown globally and is currently at its highest membership in its century and a half history and has branched out into seven globally based chapters worldwide.

As a Mississippi native Robert Ivy is the first architect to receive the Noel Polk Award and is considered to be a worthy ambassador for architects everywhere. He officially received the award at a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters event on June 2, 2018. “When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s really no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy.” said Nancy LaForge in a AIA press release. The award is giving to artists and art critics with strong connections to Mississippi and he will be joining people like the actor Morgan Freeman (Awarded in 2007) as an honoree.

Robert Ivy: A Role Model Architect

Robert Ivy is one of the role models in the field of architecture. He started small, being a writer for a publishing company specializing in the field of architecture. Robert Ivy has been chosen by the board members of the American Institute of Architects to become the group’s executive vice president and CEO, and since his appointment in 2011, he has been doing a great job in becoming a role model and to change the public perception about the architects. According to Robert Ivy, it will be his objective to persuade the public that the architects are one of the most important professionals in society, and he has been doing information dissemination to support the architects who are based in the United States.

When he was still a kid, Robert Ivy has developed an interest in architecture and design. He would always tell his parents that he wanted to become an architect someday; however, he was not able to take up the course when he entered college. Instead, he chose to major in English and took up a Bachelor of Arts degree. He attended the Sewanee: The University of the South, and he ended up being a class cum laude. After his graduating from the southern university, he decided to make his dreams come true and took up a Master’s Degree in Architecture. He finished his studies, and he was thankful that he managed to graduate on time.


After attending two universities, Robert Ivy decided to join the McGraw-Hill Construction Media. He worked as an editor in chief, and he wrote several newsletters that became known worldwide. One of the most successful newsletters that he wrote was the Architectural Record, being published in 1996. The newsletter authored by Robert Ivy became one of the most well-known architectural journals around the world. Architects around the world are reading the Architectural Record, and they praised the richness of information that can be obtained from reading the papers.

After becoming the editor in chief for the company, he gained the attention of the government, and he is being invited to become a juror for several competitions across the United States. Robert Ivy was chosen by the board of directors at the American Institute of Architects to become the CEO of the organization because of his impressive background in the field of architecture. Today, he continues this excellence by promoting the organization among the public.