The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters has named Robert Ivy, the CEO and EVP of the American Institute of Architects, as Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award champ. This is the the only instant an architect has won the award that is only given to the patrons and residents of Mississippi for their outstanding work. Ivy joins a small group of winners for being an author, writer, and analyst of architecture all over the world. He has been able to bring art closer to the community tagging him a earnest representative of his occupation. Also, the accolade is a pinnacle for his work and individual accomplishments as a native of Mississippi.
Before working at the AIA in 2011, Robert Ivy held the position of Editor in Chief of Architectural Record at McGraw Hill. Under his tenure, the Record was recognized globally for being the broadly distributed architectural journal and won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence among other. Ivy was also the overseer of the expansion and creation of McGraw Hill design in China. He assisted in the initiation of the Mandarin form of Architectural Record.
His presence in the American Institute of Architects has to lead to its growth therefore, contributing to many members since its formation. The firm’s architects are found all over the world practicing with the assistance of the seven divisions of the institution some of them found in Canada and China.
Robert Ivy have also been esteemed by the community of Alpha Rho Chi for his excellent message of the worth of design. He is considered the nominated Master Architect and falls in the same icon group as I.M. Pei, Mies van der Rohe, and Richard Fuller. The community has given the award to more than half a dozen architects since its formation over 100 years ago, Ivy being the first in the 21st century. Moreover, Robert Ivy was given the Dean’s Medal by the University of Arkansas in 2017.
Before he was an architect, Robert Ivy was a Navy personnel. He attained his degree in Bachelor of Art English while at Sewanee and later proceeded to Tulane University and pursued a master’s degree in Architecture.
Robert Ivy will be awarded alongside stained glass stylish Andrew Cary of Pearl River glass studio at the ceremony that will be held on 2nd June this year by the Mississippi Institute of Art and Letters.