Robert Ivy Contributions To Architecture Celebrated With Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Ivy, the CEO of American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the recipient of the prestigious Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). Ivy is the first architect to receive the award and he joins a list of other esteemed and celebrated honorees of the award among them talented actor Morgan Freeman(2007), gifted writers Shelby Foote(2004), Eudora Welty(2001) and exquisite singer Leontyne Price(2000). The award is exclusively reserved to honor extraordinary artists and art advocates who are associated with Mississippi.

A legend within Mississippi architecture

Robert’s Ivy contribution to the Mississippi architecture as an architect, writer, commentator, and critic is no doubt worth the value attached to the award. Nancy Laforge who is the President of MIAL agrees that there is no single architect in Mississippi who has dedicated his life to the profession more than Robert. He is largely committed to ensuring that architecture is open to the public and there is a friendly interaction between the discipline and the residents of Mississippi. Carl Elefante, President of AIA says that Robert’s crowning of the award is recognition of his professional and personal contribution to the profession and could not be better because Robert is also a Mississippi resident. Speaking on behalf of AIA Elefante says that the institute is honored to have one of their own be crowned with the lifetime award.

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Pre – AIA

Robert Ivy worked with McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record where he was Editor-in-Chief before joining AIA. During his tenure, Architectural Record gained a lot of audiences and became the most widely read architectural journal globally scooping a number of awards among them the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. His contribution to the profession has spread globally and while working with McGraw-Hill’s he put in motion a version of the Architectural Record in the Mandarin language.

Career at AIA

His work at the AIA as CEO has enabled the institute to attain global standards and admit more members at an all-time high in the more than one hundred and sixty years that the institution has existed. This has seen American architects be allowed to practice all over the world even in places like China and Canada. Robert Ivy has the status of Master Architect alongside other noble professionals: Richard Buckminster Fuller, I.M. Pei, and Mies van der Rohe. He has also received recognition from University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture being the recipient of the Dean’s Medal.

He will formally collect his Lifetime Achievement Award at a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters occasion on the second of July.

More about Robert Ivy

He was born in Columbus, Mississippi and attended school at Sewanee University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree and thereafter enrolled at Tulane University where he obtained his master’s degree in architecture. Ivy in 2009 was awarded the G.D. Crain Award for his career contribution to high standards of editorial merit in business media.

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