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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 Ivy was a principal at Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy and a critic for many national publications.[which?]
Under Ivy's editorial leadership, Architectural Record earned numerous publishing industry honors, including the premier magazine journalism award, the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Additionally, Architectural Record earned 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards, 7 Ozzies: Folio Design Awards and the 2008 MPA Digital Award for Website of the Year: Enthusiast.
In 2009, Ivy received the Crain Award, the American Business Media's highest recognition for an individual. Prior to that time, among other distinctions, he received the McGraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence in 1998. Ivy is also a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.
In March 2010, Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity, voted unanimously to name Ivy "Master Architect" for his effectiveness in communicating the value of design. Robert shares the designation with iconic architects Dr. Nathan Clifford Ricker (the first graduate of an American school of architecture), Cass Gilbert, Eliel Saarinen, John Wellborn Root, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Buckminster Fuller, and I.M. Pei. He is one of seven to receive this honor in the fraternity's 100-year history and the only architect selected in the 21st century.
His authoritative biography "Fay Jones: Architect", published in 2001 and now in its third edition, showcases the work of the American architect who was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Art Library Society of North America cited Fay Jones: Architect for "the highest standards of scholarship, design, and production."
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- "Alpha Rho Chi Architecture Fraternity Names Robert Adams Ivy, FAIA, "Master Architect"".
- Design Futures Council Senior Fellows "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-11-06. Retrieved 2007-11-06.
- Fay Jones.