Building America’s Architects: Robert Ivy’s Lifetime Achievement

The CEO and EVP of American Institute of Architects (AIA), recently became the first architect in history to receive the Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, or MIAL, uses the award to honor artists and art-patrons who have a connection to Mississippi and whose lifetime works are worthy of notation. Actor Morgan Freeman and writer Shelby Foote are just two of the Mississippians who have been given the award. MIAL President Nancy LaForge cited Robert Ivy as an ambassador for architecture and making it accessible and enjoyable for the general public.

In 2011 Ivy joined the AIA, but prior to that he was known as the man who made McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record a worldwide name and helped the journal amass several awards. He would also help the journal launch culturally and language appropriate versions of the journal in China and Middle East, skyrocketing the magazine’s sales there. Since joining the AIA Robert Ivy has helped it expand into seven global chapters that enable America’s architects to practice their skills worldwide.

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Robert Ivy served as a U.S. Navy officer before beginning his career in architecture, and earned a Bachelor Degree in English from Sewanee: The University of the South. He would later receive a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University and be honored by the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture with the Dean’s Medal in 2017. Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity, selected Ivy as the only architect in the 21st century to receive the coveted and rare title of Master Architect, making him one of only seven to ever receive the award.

In addition to his work as an architect, Ivy published a biography entitled Fay Jones: Architect in 2001, which was later cited by the Art Library Society of North American for its high design and scholarship standards. Robert Ivy is currently the CEO of AIA in addition to continuing work as an editor, architect and architectural and biographical author.

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