Robert Ivy is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) from 2011. The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Ivy and AIA. He was the first expert to receive the Polk Award issued to Mississippi-connected art patrons and artists.
Nancy LaForge, MIAL president, recognized Mr. Robert Ivy as CEO of AIA for his efforts of making sure the architecture services are accessible to the public. Robert is also a writer, commentator, and author of architecture contents. The AIA President described Ivy as an ambassador for this occupation. He acknowledges and applauds the Mississippi natives for his professional and personal achievements.
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Ivy has worked at McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record as an Editor-in-Chief and Vice President before joining AIA. He managed to move the architectural journal firm to become the most disseminated and garnered many awards like the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Mr. Ivy was among the team that opened a new outlet for McGraw-Hill’s in China and the Middle East. He participated in Dean & Ivy from 1981 to 1996. Ivy also took part in the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.
Fay Jones is an authoritative biography of the architect. It was published in 2001 to showcase Ivy contributions towards architecture and personal accomplishments. The Art Library Society of North America described the book as having the highest production, scholarship, and design standards. Robert Ivy has grown the international footprint of the organization and architects from America and can now operate anywhere in the world. The organization protects its members and attracted skilled and experienced workers.
Alpha Rho Chi, a national architecture group, honored Ivy for his ability to communicate the value of design. He is the only professional to receive the award in the 21st century and was included in the list of iconic architects like Richard Buckminster Fuller, John Wellborn Root, I.M. Pei, and Cass Gilbert. In 2007, the University of Arkansas School of Architecture awarded the American architecture with a Dean Medal.
Robert Ivy pursued an arts degree in English. He proceeded for a master degree in Architecture from Tulane University. The talented designer has served in the USA Navy as an officer.
MIAL awards talented and creative individuals from various fields. Authors like Richard Ford, Walker Percy, Ellen Gilchrist, and Barry Hannah have received the lifetime achievement award in previous annual cycles. The non-profit organization publishes names of awarded persons on their website.