Robert Ivy was born and raised in Columbus, Mississippi. He studied from the University of the South where he did a course in Bachelor of Arts majoring in English. Later on, he did his Masters specializing in architecture at the Tulane University.
Robert Ivy worked for the Architectural Record as an editor from the year 1996. His input helped the American journal to grow and become globally recognized. He also got employed at the McGraw -Hill Construction Media. His hard work and excellent skills earned him a leadership position as the firm appointed him as the vice president. He also worked as the Editorial Director of McGraw -Hill Construction Media.
Due to his explicit leadership, the Architectural Record received several awards and recognition. The journal received twenty-six Jesse H. Neal Awards and Folio Designs Award. Also, for their general performance, they were granted with the National Magazine Award. This was from the American Society of Magazine Editors. The American journal also received the MPA Digital Award.
He also got the McGraw-Hill Award. The award was in appreciation of his great input and leadership style. Robert Ivy earned the Crain’s Award in the year 2009. This was the highest appreciation to an individual by the American Business Media. He is also part of the Designs Future Council as a top fellow.
Robert Ivy was also named as the Master Architect in 2010 by the Rho Chi. Recently, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters awarded him with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement. He is the first architect who has received this prestigious award
In the year 2001, he published a biography on Fay Jones, an American who was an apprentice and an architect. This publication got recognition from the Art Library Society of North America. It is well appreciated for its great outline, insights, and presentation.
Robert Ivy is currently working at the American Institute of Architects. He is the Executive Vice President and the Chief Executive Officer of the firm. He is working together with other architects in fostering sustainability in the American construction industry.