Robert Ivy isn’t your ordinary architect, or Mississippian. He’s led a life of growth, hard work, and continual dedication. He was born and raised in Mississippi, but quickly outgrew the towns there and moved to Florida to study for an English Degree. You might think “What does an English degree have to do with an architect?”…and you’d be right. Read more about Robert Ivy at Tulane School of Architecture website. But he wasn’t done after receiving just one degree, he returned to school and studied at Tulane University to receive a Master of Architecture degree. This was fitting, because he’d later be designated as a Master Architect, one of seven from the national architect fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, and the only architect granted this title in the 21st Century. Robert Ivy wasn’t just satisfied with a good record at school though, he threw himself full force into his new careers. When he was appointed Editor-in-Chief for McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record, a nationally published architectural journal, he wasn’t happy with just maintaining it’s limited success.
He pushed for translations, he pushed to expand McGraw-Hill’s infrastructure so they could support international readers and he succeeded. The Architectural Review is now the most widely available and consumed architectural journal. Robert Ivy wasn’t just satisfied with average growth and art work, Robert Ivy wanted to make architecture something that every person could understand and draw inspiration from to fuel their own passions. Of course, his time with McGraw-Hill had to end at some point, but when it did, Robert Ivy didn’t just fade into the background, he pushed to keep expanding the architecture community. He published a book, and eventually became the Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He’s led the AIA to record membership rates in its 150 years of existence, and he’s expanded the AIA to be a worldwide organization with branches in Europe and Canada and other places as well. The Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is granted to artists and critics with a strong tie to Mississippi, and there’s no one else quite like the architect Robert Ivy from Mississippi and his continual dedication to making architecture more accessible. Visit Archinect to know more about Robert Ivy.