Robert Ivy: Bringing Architecture to the World

The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters is honoring Robert Ivy, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President, of American Institute of Architects (AIA), with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Robert Ivy will become the first architect to receive this prestigious award. The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is designated for people who are connected to Mississippi and are active in the art community.

Ivy received praises by people in the architecture industry. The President of AIA, Carl Elefante, believes that Ivy is a worthy award recipient because not only is he a practicing architect, but he has also seen success as an author and editor. Nancy LaForge, MIAL President, believes Ivy deserves this award for a number of reasons; first, because he has effectively made architecture more easily accessible to the public; second, because he is a distinguished author and commentator.

This isn’t the first award that Robert Ivy has received. He was also awarded with the Master Architect award by the Alpha Rho Chi, a nationwide architecture fraternity. Additionally, he received the Dean’s Medal in 2017 from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.

Ivy began his leadership role at AIA in 2011. One of his goals with AIA has been to create a culture that is proactive and influential; as well as to help raise public awareness about the value architects hold. His current efforts with AIA are to help prepare architects with the knowledge and resources they need to battle current issues like climate control, sustainability and how design can impact public health concerns. Since he became part of the leadership team, membership levels are higher than they have ever been.

Before Ivy began work at AIA, he worked at McGraw-Hill Construction as the Vice President and Editorial Director; he was also the Editor-in-Chief of a magazine called Architectural Record. Robert Ivy earned a Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South. He continued his education at Tulane University where he earned his Master of Architecture.

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