In 1996, Ivy became the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record. He became Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, which included GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design, SNAP, Architectural Record: China, HQ Magazine, ENR, Constructor, and Sweets. From 1981 until 1996, he was a principal at Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy and a critic for many national publications.[which?]
In November 2016, he released an apology video after the publication of widely-criticized statement where he expressed his strong support for the newly-elect President Donald Trump (lauding the president's campaign promise to commit at least $500 billion to infrastructure spending over five years), a feeling that was not shared among the community of architects in the USA. Compared to the previous letters sent by the AIA to newly-elect Presidents in 2008 and 2012, Ivy's letter was different because 1. It was personally signed by him, 2. It ignored some of Trump's key policies antithetical to the profession, and 3. His expressed pledge to work with the president was too broad.
- Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council
- 2018: Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters
- 2010: Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi (the only architect selected in the 21st century)
- 2009: Crain Award
- 1998: McGraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence
- 1993: AIA College of Fellows
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- Fay Jones.