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Robert Ivy Receives Lifetime Achievement Award For Dedication To Architecture

by Chris Holden - July 6th, 2018.
Filed under: Architecture, Award.

Robert Ivy is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Ivy was recently rewarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). Their Polk Award is granted to artists and patrons connected to Mississippi whose lifetime of support or work has been extraordinary. Mr. Ivy was recognized as such a person in April of 2018, marking the first time an architect has received this prestigious award. He joins an impressive list of Mississippi-born recipients such as Walter Anderson, Shelby Foote and Morgan Freeman.

Nancy LaForge, the MIAL President, commented on the efforts that Ivy makes to make architecture more accessible to the general public. He has worked as an author, writer and commentator around the world, providing knowledge about architecture. The President of American Institute of Architects Carl Elefante sang his praise for Robert Ivy by saying that “as an author, editor and practicing architect, Robert Ivy is a worthy ambassador for our profession”.

Before joining AIA in 2011, Ivy worked as the Editor-in-Chief for McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. This prestigious position helped to gain him more respect and recognition within the architectural field. The Architectural Record went on to win numerous awards and sell record breaking copies under the leadership of Ivy. He also was at the helm of the company’s design and construction media in the Middle East and China.

Robert Ivy has had an interesting path into the field of architecture and to the prestigious positions he currently holds. He studied at Sewanee: The University of the South where received a Bachelor of Arts in English. He continued his education at Tulane University to complete Masters of Architecture degree. Before going into the field of architecture, Ivy served in the U.S. Navy as an officer.

Under the direction of Ivy, the AIA has expanded globally and is currently at its highest membership level. There are seven global chapters of the Institute with new ones in Canada and China. Robert Ivy is also the author of an authoritative biography by the name of Fay Jones: Architect. It was published in 2001 and has received praise from the Art Library Society of North America.

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