Architect, CEO

Robert Ivy, the executive vice president and the CEO of the American Institute of Architects, is a well-known businessman and manager. Mr. Robert received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Art and Letters. For the first time, an architect received a Polk Award. The announcement distinguishes the Mississippi-connected Artists and Patrons, a group mandated in creating, performing, and supporting art. Other individuals who won the same award are; writer Eudora Welty, the artist Walter Anderson, and actor Morgan Freeman. The individuals deserve the recognition for bringing change in the field of art.

Robert Ivy makes it easy for the general public to have access to the architecture, a character that no other person possesses. MIAL President, Nancy LaForge, distinguishes Robert Ivy as the only Mississippi person with exceptional personalities. As a commentator, author, and a writer in the architectural field, Robert can rightfully claim for a place in the list of the Noel Polk Award honorees.

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“As the CEO of AIA for many years since 2011, as well as the author, and editor and practicing architect, Robert Ivy deserves to be the ambassador of our mission,” said the AIA President, Carl Elefante. Noel Award was crowning the professional achievement of Robert as an origin of the Mississippi. The president of AIA also noted that it is indeed an honor for the institution to congratulate Mr. Ivy for the magnificent and unique achievement. Before joining AIA in the year 2011, Robert was the Editor-in-Chief of the McGraw Architectural record. Under Robert’s leadership, the Architectural record became the most acknowledged architectural journal across the globe. The journal attracted some achievements like the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. In China where the record was massively growing, Ivy managed the McGraw-Hill’s design and construction media. Also, he began a Mandarin version of the Architectural record in the Middle East.

At the AIA, Robert is developing and making the institution proliferate at which it is at its perfect performing membership level globally. Nowadays, America’s architects practice around the world enhanced by the seven global chapters of the AIA. Also, Robert Ivy got honored by the national architecture fraternity for the promotion and wide-spread of the values of design. He shares the designated Master Architect with the ionic architects like Richard Buckmaster Fuller, Mies van der Rohe, and I.M. Pei. Thus, Robert is among the seven selected for the Noel Award in this fraternity in 100-year history and the only architect in the 21st century.

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Architect, Award

In April of 2018, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) announced that American Institute of Architects (AIA) EVP and CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA, would receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This particular honor is historic in nature as it will be the first time an architect is given this award. Among the previous recipients of the award are singer Leontyne Price in 2000 and actor Morgan Freeman in 2007.

The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is given out to those artists and patrons of the arts who are connected with Mississippi. The award recognizes those individuals who have shown a body of work over their lifetime that involves either creating, performing, and/or supporting the arts. Robert Ivy’s contributions as an ambassador within the world of architecture and art makes him well deserving of the award.

Mississippi native Robert Ivy has a well-documented path and career within the world of arts and architecture. He started at Sewanee: The University of the South where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. After this, he attended Tulane University and was able to achieve a Master of Architecture degree.

Part of his career path has involved serving as the editor-in-chief of the Architectural Record magazine. Ivy was able to help lead the magazine to national prominence as it received several prestigious awards including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He has now served as the CEO for American Institute of Architects ever since 2011, helping to grow their “global footprint.” The AIA membership levels are also at their highest over a 160-year period thanks to Ivy’s leadership.

Alpha Rho Chi, a national architecture fraternity named him a “Master Architect” back in 2010. This particular honor has only gone out to some of the most well-known architects. In addition to that distinction, Ivy was recently presented with the Dean’s Medal at the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.

In addition to his education and major contributions to architecture through his career, Robert Ivy is also an author. His work “Fay Jones: The Architecture of E. Fay Jones, Faia” was first published back in 1992. The book helps capture the important architectural work of Frank Lloyd Wright devotee, Fay Jones.

Due to his contributions, he will soon be honored with a well-deserved award. The MIAL will officially present Robert Ivy with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony being held on June 2nd, 2018. Ivy will receive the award along with stained-glass designer Andrew Cary Young of the Pearl River Glass Studio in Jackson, Mississippi.

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