Robert Ivy, Succeeding with the Help of Professional Organizations

The Perks of Professional Organizations article, written by Rebecca Koeing, emphasizes the importance of professional organizations and societies for its members. Professional organizations provide members an opportunity to network, build credibility, strengthen their skill sets, and advance their careers. By offering co references, journals, and job-hunting resources, professional organizations can serve as a hub for both individuals who are new to the workforce and veterans alike. Robert Ivy, Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), is no stranger to professional organizations. Mr. Ivy has served on numerous boards of directors and advisory boards, including AIA, American Architecture Foundation, Tulane University, Mississippi State University, Auburn University’s Rural Studio, and Tongji University School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Robert Ivy can be quoted in the article stating, “Architects know the association stands for certain values and to be a member, you adhere to those values, and you’re held accountable.” Mr. Ivy also states that while in comparison to other organizations, architects may be in small numbers, but they have a significant influence in their field, particularly when advocating for issues affecting their workforce. Find out more about Robert Ivy at

As evidence of Robert Ivy’s success, he has been recipient of multiple awards, including the:

  • Voted Master Architect in 2010 by the Alpha Rho Chi, a professional fraternity for architect; which only seven individuals over a 100-year time frame have been selected;
  • Granted the highest award offered by the American Business Media, the Crain Award in 2009;
  • Received the McGraw-Hill Award in 1998 for Management Excellence;
  • First architect to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, granted by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

Starting in 1996 as the Editor-in-Chief, after 14 years with AIA, Robert Ivy assumed his current position. Before AIA, Mr. Ivy served as a principal at Dean, Dale, Dean, and Ivy for over a decade, was the vice president and editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, and a Design Council Senior Fellow. Moreover, Mr. Ivy published is an autobiography, Fay Jones: Architect, which was published by AIA in 1992. Robert Ivy holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of the South and a Master of Architecture from Tulane University.

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Robert Ivy: Honoree of the Noel Polk Award

Robert Ivy, FAIA is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC. AIA is a membership association for licensed architects and emerging professionals. Ivy has worked as various titles throughout the years, starting back in 1996 when he was the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record. His editorial leadership has led him to earn many prestigious honors and awards. For his higher education he earned a BA in English in 1969 from Sewanee: The University of the South and then a MA in Architecture in 1976 from Tulane University. Visit the website Architectural Record to learn more about Robert Ivy.

Robert Ivy was awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award given to him by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). The Polk award is given to artists and art patrons of the Mississippi area whose work of art over a long period of time is considered extraordinary. What makes Ivy’s achievement interesting is that he is the first architect that has received the Pol Award. Past honorees have mostly been writers, actors, and artists. While being honored, the president of MIAL, Nancy LaForge, proclaimed, “When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy.” Ivy has earned his right to be listed among other notable Polk Award nominees for his writings and commentating on architecture. Carl Elefante, the President AIA, has commended the good work Ivy has done and continues to do fro the architecture community in Mississippi. Learn more about Robert Ivy at

Robert Ivy brought his editorial experiences from McGraw-Hill, where he was editor in chief of the Architectural Record. Under his leadership, AIA has grown globally, sending America’s architects around the world for their practice. Ivy has also been previously honored by Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity. Robert Ivy is classified as a master architect, an honor only so few people have been able to achieve in the fraternity’s long history, but the only architect chosen in the 21st century. Additionally, in 2017, he was awarded the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture. Ivy is an astounding architect who is constantly praised for his work. Ivy continues to work diligent to improve the standards at the American Institute of Architects.