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.