Robert Ivy: Award-Winning Architect, Writer And Editor

Robert Ivy is the American Institute of Architects CEO and executive vice president. After earning a BA in English from The University of the South and graduating from Tulane University with a master’s degree in architecture, Ivy has gone on to make major contributions to the fields of journalism and architecture. Robert Ivy was with Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy as a principal from 1981 until 1996. During that time he also worked with many national publications as a critic.

When Ivy was hired by Architectural Record as editor-in-chief in 1996, he set about transforming the publication. Under his leadership Architectural Record grew tremendously in influence and circulation. By the time he left the architectural journal, it was the industry’s most widely read publication in the world. Robert Ivy then went on to become McGraw-Hill Construction Media’s editorial director and vice president. That put him in control of publications like HQ Magazine, Sweets, SNAP, Architectural Record: China, Constructor, ENR and GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design.

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Robert Ivy was chosen as a panel member when they were trying to decide who would design the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Memorial. Ivy helped to get noted architect Frank Gehry selected for the job. Robert Ivy also wrote an authoritative biography of the Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Fay Jones. Entitled “Fay Jones: Architect”, the book was praised by the Art Library Society of North America as representing the highest standards of design, production and scholarship.

While Architectural Record was under Ivy’s editorial leadership it won many publishing industry honors. They included the National Magazine Award for General Excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors. This is magazine journalism’s premier award and a professional journal winning it was an unusual achievement. Robert Ivy was also given the McGraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence. In 2009 he was given the highest individual recognition offered by the American Business Media, the Crain Award.

In 2010 Robert Ivy was unanimously voted ‘Master Architect‘ by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi. Only 7 people have been given this honor is the 100-year history of the fraternity.

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