Robert Ivy: A Lifetime of Achievement

Robert Ivy went to school at The University of the South where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts in English. He supported that degree by going to Tulane University to study architecture and eventually receive a Master of Architecture degree from the School of Architecture. While he was there he joined Alpha Rho Chi – the national architecture fraternity – and was recognized for being able to communicate the importance of design. He also received the designation of Master Architect, one of only seven in the 100 year history of the fraternity, and the only selected after 2000. Visit the website Architectural Record to learn more about Robert Ivy.

During his ongoing career, he became the Editor in chief of McGraw-Hill’s architectural journal: “Architectural Record”. Robert Ivy led it to being the most wide spread architectural journal in the world and has been recognized for his contributions in getting it translated into several new languages and opening distribution lanes around the world. He pushed very hard to create the best product he could for as many people as possible, helping drive interest in the architectural arts. Learn more about Robert Ivy at

After leaving McGraw-Hill, Robert Ivy was hired as the Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for AIA, or the American Institute of Architects in 2011. As EVP and CEO, Ivy has led AIA to a new high in membership numbers in the hundred and fifty years of the AIA’s existence, and has another record of having 7 internationally based chapters of the organization as well now. Somehow, he also found the time to write a book and engage communities to embrace architecture.

As a Mississippian Robert Ivy is the first practicing architect to receive the Polk Award and he is considered to be a worthy ambassador for architects everywhere. He received the award at a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters event in 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 press release. The award is giving to artists and patrons with a connection to Mississippi and Ivy will be joining the likes of actor Morgan Freeman (Awarded in 2007) as an honoree.