American Institute of Architects’ Chief Executive Officer and Executive Duties President Robert Ivy has become the first architect to be awarded by (MIAL) Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Ivy is a Fellow of American Institute of Architects (FAIA). The Award is handled by the MIAL, honoring art patrons and artists connected to Mississippi, and whose works over time has created, performed or extraordinarily supported art. Notable among the list of individuals who have received the honor are Morgan Freeman in the year 2007, Shelby Foote- a writer (2004), Walter Anderson and Eudora Welty- a writer. The real ceremony will be held on June 2, 2018.
MIAl president Nancy LaForge acknowledged the amazing way with which Ivy has made architecture accessible to Mississippi’s general public. Robert Ivy is a practicing architect, author, commentator, and editor of architecture issues worldwide. He was appointed AIA CEO in 2011, taking the Institute through extensive efforts globally and an all-time membership high. He has ensured that the seven global chapters of AIA are functioning well in helping American architects in their global practices. This includes new chapters in China and Canada.
Robert Ivy attended Sewanee: The University of the South for a B.A in English graduating cum laude. He later went to Tulane University for his Masters in Architecture. He worked as the Architectural Record magazine’s editor in chief and later became the editorial director of McGraw Hill Construction Media. He was part of the great expansive growth of the McGraw-Hill in China and the Middle East, especially when he developed the Mandarin Architectural Record.
His works at Architectural Record got him a lot of awards such as Ozzies, Folio Design Awards, and Jesse H. Neal Awards among others. He was voted “Master Architect” by Alpha Rho Chi, a national architect fraternity, for his efforts in emphasizing and passing out the significance of design in architecture. Robert Ivy became one of the seven people to be named Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi in the 100 years it has been operational.
Robert Ivy’s 2001 biography, “Fay Jones: Architect is an authoritative publication which is currently in its 3rd edition.
The book is a display case of Fay Jones works which are characterized by unmatched standards of design, scholarly work, and invention. In 2017, Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas honored Robert Ivy with the Dean’s medal.