Robert Ivy: Empowering Architects Everywhere

Robert Ivy was born and raised in Florida, United States of America. He also completed his Bachelor of Arts in English there, before receiving a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane. During his time at school he was highly respected and given numerous awards for his ability to communicate the value of design and was honored by the national architecture fraternity as a Master Architect, one of only seven in the fraternity’s 100 year existence. However, he wasn’t destined to peter out after his time at school, he was meant to achieve great things. Visit the website Architectural Record to learn more about Robert Ivy.

Robert Ivy was appointed to be the Editor-in-Chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. Under his guidance, the journal became the most widespread architectural journal worldwide. This was in part due to his dedication on expanding McGraw-Hill’s market and translating the journal into more languages for overseas expansion. His hard work means that the journal is now being published in seven languages in numerous countries around the world. This is no easy feat and required massive effort and dedication.


After leaving McGraw-Hill, Robert Ivy became the EVP or Executive Vice President and CEO at the American Institute of Architects as well as writing a personal book. Since joining AIA, the AIA has grown globally and reached a record high in number of members and currently has seven chapters spread across the globe, bringing more attention to the architectural arts. While there is much more to his story, these examples start to show why he has been considered for so many awards. He has continually striven to grow the architectural community and better communicate its values to every single person that may encounter his works.

As a Mississipi native, Robert Ivy is the first architect to receive the Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, and considered to be a prime example of what an architect should strive to be. Another celebrity to receive this award was Morgan Freeman in 2007 as well as other actors, artists, and contributors with strong ties to Mississippi. He has made architecture more accessible and more easily understandable to every member of the general public and there’s really no one else like him from Mississippi. Learn more about Robert Ivy at