Award Winning Architect Robert Ivy

Robert Ivy has been the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 2011. Visit the website Architectural Record to learn more about Robert Ivy. Before then, he served as the editor-in-chief for Architectural Records since 1996, where he received a number of awards including a National Magazine Award. Robert Ivy is the first architect to be honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). He received the award on June 2, 2018. The award recognizes the extraordinary body of art of living Mississippi-connected artists. In response to Ivy receiving the award, Carl Elfante, President of AIA states that Robert is a “worthy ambassador of our professions,” and that he is “truly delighted to congratulate him on this unique honor.” MIAL President, Nancy LaForge also praises Robert Ivy, stating that, “as a writer, author and commentator on architecture worldwide, Ivy now takes his rightful place in an acclaimed list of Noel Polk Award honorees.” Some of the past honorees include actor Morgan Freeman, writer Eudora Welty, and artist Walter Anderson.


Robert Ivy has also had several other accomplishments. In 1998, after becoming the Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, he received the McGraw Hill Award for Management Excellence. In 2009, he received the Crain Award which is the America Business Media’s highest recognition for an individual. Ivy was named a “Master Architect” in March 2010 by Alpha Rho Chi, a national architect fraternity, being the only architect selected for the award in the 21st century. He received the Dean’s Medal in 2017 from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture. Ivy is also the author of Fay Jones. With his accomplishments, Robert Ivy has expanded the global influence of AIA, being at its highest membership level throughout its 160-year history. Learn more about Robert Ivy at