Robert Ivy: Bring Architecture To The Masses

Robert Ivy is an enterprising architect, author, and editor. Ivy is also Chief Executive Officer of The American Institute of Architects. Robert Ivy earned his Masters of Architecture degree at Tulane University. Ivy also received his Bachelor of Arts with his major in English at Sewanee, The University of the South.

Before assuming CEO duties at The American Institute of Architects Robert Ivy was Editor in Chief of the publication, Architectural Record. During his tenure as Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, he oversaw the editing of their monthly and periodic publications. Some of these publications include HQ Magazine, ENR, among others.

Robert Ivy published his book, Fay Jones: Architect in 1992. Ivy also is a member of advisory boards in many schools of architecture here in the United States. Currently, he is a member of advisory committees at Mississippi State University, Auburn University’s Rural Studio, and Tulane University, to name a few.


In 2009, Ivy received the Crain Award. The Crane Award isis gave by American Business Media for individual contributions to the press. In 2010, Ivy received the Master Architect Award by Alpha Rho Chi. Alpha Rho Chi is a fraternity of architects and students studying architecture.

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Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

This past April, the American Institute of Architects announced the winner of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Their Chief Executive Officer, Robert Ivy, was awarded this honor. The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters gives this award in honor of those whose work has supported the advancement of the arts. This award is the first time an architect has graced this prestigious honor.

Ivy also has received the Dean Medal. Ivy was awarded this honor from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.


Ivy strives to further the education of architecture and increasing public awareness in the study of architecture. Ivy most recent award, the Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, signifies his time, dedication, and earnest desire to bring the art of architecture to the masses!