Best Architect

now browsing by category


Robert Ivy: An Iconic Architect Committed To Progressive Architectural Design Values

In 1857, in New York City, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) was founded in New York City, while there were no schools of Architecture or Architectural licensing. Anyone could claim to be an architect.

Robert A. Ivy was granted a B.A. in English from the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee and holds a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University.

Robert Ivy is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and is associated with the International Circle of Architecture Critics (CICA).

From 1981 – 1996, Ivy was a principal at Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy and a critic for many national publications. The AIA, in 1992, published Ivy’s book, “Fay Jones: Architect.” This treatise has become an authoritative book on Jones, who was an apprentice of Franklin Lloyd Wright.

In 1996, Ivy was offered the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record and assumed this position until 2010. The Architectural Record, is the premier source for design news, providing information on such things as sustainability, houses, and projects.

Ivy took the position as the Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media. Ivy, in 2009, received the Crain Award, which is the American Business Media’s highest attainment for an individual. Ivy is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.

Robert Ivy’s leadership was progressive and high-profile. His goal is for architects to take a position of advocacy and public outreach. Ivy wants to see the architecture as a relevant profession, which promotes Architectural design values, incorporating sustainability, climate change, and public health, He urged the AIA to be proactive, responsive and influential.

Architectural design values are based on the influences on architects and designers when making design decisions. Architects and designers have their unique value systems which may be based upon aesthetic design values or social change design values.

Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity, in March 2010, voted unanimously to name Ivy “Master Architect” for being effective in communicating the value of design. In the fraternity’s 100-year history, Ivy is only one of seven to receive “Master Architect,” selected in the 21st century.

Find more about Robert Ivy: