Robert Ivy is a graduate of Sewanee, the University of the South, with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in English. He then did his masters degree in Architecture at Tulane University. He is an author, editor and practicing architect. In 2001, he published the biography, Fay Jones, which is currently in its third edition.
Ivy has served in the United States Navy as an officer before becoming an architect. He was also McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record editor-in-chief, and with his leadership, the record became the most worldwide distributed architectural journal and won various awards that included National Magazine Award. Robert Ivy also led the fast growth of McGraw-Hill’s design and construction media in China and the Middle East.
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In 2011, Robert joined the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and was made the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2011. Being an ambassador of the architect profession, he has made the institute, with the aid of seven worldwide chapters, grow significantly with membership being at its highest level since the beginning of the institute 160 years ago. Speaking of awards, Ivy’s effective communication on the value of design has made the national architecture fraternity to previously honor him making him the only architect selected to receive this honor in the 21st century and also one of the seven receivers of the same in 100 years since the fraternity started. Also, the University Of Arkansas Fay Jones School Of Architecture gave Ivy the Dean’s Medal in 2017.
On June 2nd, 2018, Robert Ivy, American Institute of Architects’ Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) together with Andrew Cary Young (a stained-glass designer) will be receiving the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). He will be the first architect to receive the Polk Award that is always given to artists and art patrons in Mississippi according to zdnet.com.