Robert Ivy: If America Had Knights…

Robert Ivy graduated with honors from Tennessee’s Sewanee: The University of the South. There he studied English and earned his Bachelor’s of Arts degree. He attained his Master’s in Architectural Design from Tulane University. Afterwards, he dedicated years of military service to the US Air Force, entering as an officer. He then embarked on his profession as an architect. See Related Articles at

His first career move was a joint venture named Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy Architects where he functioned as a principal and managerial partner. From there, he vacated the entrepreneurial scene and stepped onto the corporate ladder. He held the role of Editor-In-Chief of the journal publication ‘Architectural Record’ (AR). It is produced and distributed under the auspices of McGraw-Hill Education Professional. Due to his direction, AR reached its highest level of reader and distributorship in the history of the publication. Accordingly, Robert Ivy and the journal won several awards and distinctions.

At McGraw-Hill, he also served in the positions of Vice President and Editorial Director for their Construction Media division. These offices included responsibility over numerous publications such as ‘Constructor,’ ‘Engineering News-Record’ (ENR), ‘GreenSource: The Magazine Of Sustainable Design,’ ‘HeadQuest (HQ) Magazine,’ ‘SNAP: Sweets news and products’ and ‘Architectural Record: China.’ The latter Robert Ivy engendered as part of his global promotion of the publication and the field of architectural engineering. As of 2010, he carries the distinction of Master Architect. The 104 year old co-educational fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, sets this honor and only a total of eight people have ever received it.

Robert Ivy currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Vice President (EVP) of the American Institute of Architects. He is also a celebrated Fellow (FAIA) of the group, an honor bestowed for his many and vastly reverberating contributions to the society and the field. With this title, he joins the ranks of fellow architects of remarkable achievements such as Frank Gehry, David Baker, Denise Scott-Brown and Malcolm Holzman. It is a coveted distinction. Currently, less than one percent of total membership have received it in all the Institute’s 161 years of existence. In April 2018, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) honored him with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. With this, he joins the ranks of such distinguished artists as Morgan Freeman (an Oscar winning actor) and Eudora Welty (whom some might consider the psychological profiler of Medgar Evers’ assassin). He also travels the globe speaking about the significant impact building has on the environment, physiological health and the world landscape. He is author of the famous biography ‘Fay Jones: Architect’ published in 2001 by McGraw-Hill.

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