Robert Ivy: Architect of Success

Robert Ivy began his education at Sewanee: The University of the South, receiving an English degree, sequenced by an Architecture degree from Tulane University. He was honored by Alpha Rho Chi – the national architecture fraternity – for being able to ably communicate the value and importance of design. He’s gained the designation of Master Architect, one of seven in Alpha Rho Chi’s century long history and the only practicing architect selected in the 21st century. Visit to know more about Robert Ivy.

One company saw this rising star’s potential and quickly pursued hiring him. McGraw-Hill brought Robert Ivy onboard as the Editor-in-Chief of the Architectural Record and led to it being the most common architectural journal in the world and gained it much success. He also masterminded projects during McGraw-Hill’s expansion on a global scale, launching two new translations of the journal in different languages for international audiences. This expansion and growth is a great example of his dedication and hard work to international markets and architects. Follow Robert Ivy at Twitter.

Robert Ivy took the responsibilities of Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer at The American Institute of Architects in 2011 and in his spare time wrote a book and is still a practicing architect. Since becoming CEO of AIA, the Institute has experienced explosive growth globally and is currently at the highest membership levels in its 150 years and has branched out into 7 globally based chapters. Bringing more recognition and talent to the architectural field and arts. AIA has never enjoyed as much positive attention as it has under Robert Ivy’s tutelage and leadership.

As a Mississippian, Robert Ivy is the first practicing architect to be given the honor of the Polk Award and is considered to be a exemplary role model for architects everywhere. He was given the award at a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) event in June 2018. A colleague expressed he belief that there was no one more suited to receive the award than Ivy, as he is a one of a kind Mississippian who has contributed greatly to the architectural communities of America and of the world.


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