Robert Ivy is an American architect born in Columbus, Mississippi. Since 2011 he holds the role of CEO of the American Institute of Architects. Besides being the Chief Executive Officer, he also acts as the Executive Vice President of the organization.
He studied at Sewanee The University of the South, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English, and later on attended Tulane University where he received a Masters of Architecture degree. His impressive professional track record consists of Principal positions at Dean/Dale and Dean & Ivy, as well as many roles as a critic for a number of publications throughout the country. He acted as the Editor in Chief for the publication Architectural Records and later on he was appointed Editorial Director as well as Vice President at McGraw Hill Construction Media. The company includes many publications, such as SNAP and HQ, among others. More about of Robert Ivy at Huffpost
Throughout his career, Robert Ivy earned many awards and recognitions. His long list of accolades includes the Crain Award from the American Business Media. He was named “Master Architect” by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi. Ivy also received the Dean Medal in 2017 from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture. The publications he led throughout the years earned several honors, including a National Magazine Award for General Excellence for his work on Architectural Record.
In 2018, Robert Ivy received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. The award is given to artists that are connected to the Mississippi scene, and Robert Ivy is the first architect to win the award. He joins a select list of artists that have won the Polk Award, including writers Eudora Welty and Shelby Foote. The MIAL President pointed out Ivy’s ability to make architecture accessible to the general public, while the President of AIA Carl Elefante congratulated Ivy on behalf of the organization, and noted that as a result of his work as a professional architect, author and editor, Robert Ivy is a worthy ambassador for the craft of architecture. He received the award at the MIAL event on June 2.