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Robert Ivy: Supremely Talented Architect, Writer And Editor

American Institutes of Architects CEO and executive vice president Robert Ivy, has won numerous awards for his contributions to architecture and journalism. They include the 2009 Crain Award, the highest recognition an individual involved in American Business Media can receive. Ivy also received the 1998 McGraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence. He was also named ‘Master Architect’ by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi. Robert Ivy is one of only 7 people to be so honored in the 100 year history of the organization.

Before pursuing a career in architecture and journalism, Robert Ivy graduated cum laude from The University of the South with a BA in English. He also attended Tulane University where he earned a masters degree in architecture. He then became a principal with Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy from 1981 to 1996. During that time he also worked with many national magazines as a critic. Robert Ivy became Architectural Record’s editor-in-chief in 1996. In the years he spent there, Architectural Record became the most widely read architectural publication in the world.

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With editorial leadership from Robert Ivy, Architectural Record won the premier award for magazine journalism, the National Magazine Award for General Excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors. This garnered attention because it is unusual for a professional journal to earn such an achievement. Under Ivy’s leadership Architectural Record also earned more than 25 Jesse H. Neal Awards and 7 Ozzies: Folio Design Awards. In 2008, the publication also won the Website of the Year: Enthusiast Award from MPA Digital.

After leaving Architectural Record, Ivy became McGraw-Hill Construction Media’s editorial director and vice president. That put him in charge of a host of publications. They included SNAP, GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design, ENR, Architectural Record: China, Sweets, Constructor and HQ Magazine. Robert Ivy was so well respected he was on the panel which decided architect Frank Gehry should be the one that designed the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.

A Design Futures Council Senior Fellow, Robert Ivy is the author of a biography of American architect and Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Fay Jones. Published in 2001 and currently in its third edition, ‘Fay Jones: Architect’, which showcases the architect’s work received effusive praise from the Art Library Society of North America. They described it as representing ‘the highest standards of scholarship, design, and production.’ It’s just another example of Robert Ivy’s prodigious talent.

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