Robert Ivy was born in Columbus, Mississippi. He received a Bachelor’s of Arts in English degree from Sewanee University and a Masters of Architecture degree from Tulane University. From 1981 until 1996, Ivy was the managing partner with Dean Dale Dean and Ivy Architects.
In 1996, Ivy was elected the Editor in Chief of the Architectural Record. Under his leadership the Record became the premier architectural journal read worldwide. Also, the Architectural Record received many publishing awards:
• American Society of Magazine Editors Award for General Excellence
• Jesse H. Neal Awards
• Folio Design Awards
• Website of the Year given by MPA Digital Award committee
From 1996 – 2010, Robert Ivy served as the Vice President and Editorial Director of Construction publication under McGraw-Hill. Ivy led McGraw-Hill through many worldwide quality prints and online national publications.
In 2010, Robert Ivy was unanimously voted by the executive committee of the AIA as their new CEO. As CEO Ivy manages the organization’s national Washington, DC office with a budget that is over $56 million and over 200 employees.
Robert Ivy states that a big part of his job will be talking to present and future architects. As the doyen of AIA Ivy believes that the field of architecture is like other major design fields and must pursue designing and building goals to mitigate and adapt to climate change, easing social inequalities, and to create healthy human habitats.
Robert Ivy has also received numerous awards for his innovative leadership:
• He received the G.D. Crain Award from the American Business Media’s.
• He received the McGraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence.
• The prominent architectural fraternity – Alpha Rho Chi, named Robert Ivy the “Master Architect” award.
He also serves on the advisory boards of four architecture schools including Auburn University’s Rural Studio, Mississippi State University, Tulane University, and Tongji University School of Architecture and Urban Planning in Shanghai, China.
He authored the book Fay Jones: Architect in 1992 which is the most comprehensive written works on this gold medal architect. Robert Ivy is a member of CICA, the International Circle of Architecture Critics, a former national board member of the AIA and the American Architecture Foundation.