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Robert Ivy; the man behind the revolution of the American Institute of Architects

Robert Ivy is the EVP/Chief Executive Officer at American Institute of Architects (AIA). He was appointed the CEO in 2011 following his numerous achievements in his career path. Prior to this, he worked as a magazine editor and corporate executive at the Architectural Record. Under his influence, this magazine went on to earn 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards, 7 Ozzies and numerous other prestigious awards. He also oversaw the publication of 33 publications both in print and in digital editions as well. Visit Architectmagazine.com

Under his editorial leadership, earned the unique premier magazine journalism award- the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence. His profound success in the publications’ world was a catalyst that propelled his career forward.

However, his experience with architectural publications extends even further than this. He was Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, which included Green Source: The Magazine of Sustainable Design, SNAP and Architectural Record: China, HQ Magazine, ENR, Constructor, and Sweets.

His editorial career aside, since his appointment as CEO of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy has gone to earn several more accolades. His latest monumental achievement is the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award awarded to him by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). This Mississippi-born architect is the first to receive this prestigious award which is often only awarded to artists and art patrons.

In 2010, Robert Ivy was named ‘Master Architect’ following a unanimous vote by the national architecture fraternity- Alpha Rho Chi. This honorary title is usually preserved for the world’s top architects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, R. Buckminster Fuller, and I.M. Pei, FAIA. Nancy LaForge, MAIL president had this to say about Robert ivy receiving this award, “As a writer, author, and commentator on architecture worldwide, Ivy now takes his rightful place in an acclaimed list of Noel Polk Award honorees.”  Read more on https://www.contractdesign.com/news/people/robert-ivy-receives-noel-polk-lifetime-achievement-award/

Robert Ivy attended the Sewanee University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Architecture. He went on to the University in Tulane where he obtained his master’s in Architecture.

Robert Ivy Joins The Prestigious League Of Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

This year, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters selected Robert Ivy for the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The architect becomes the first in his industry to win the coveted award which is usually given to artists from Mississippi who have incredible works of art or have expressed enormous support for creativity. He was awarded together with Andrew Young, a stained-glass designer on 2nd June at an event held at the institution. The two join a list of eminent personalities who have won the award in the past like writer Shelby Foote and renowned actor Morgan Freeman.

Robert Ivy has made immense contributions to the architectural industry over the years. As the vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), he has grown the institution to global ranks and increased its membership to the highest levels. Speaking on behalf of the organization, AIA’s president Carl Elefante expressed his delight with Ivy. He said that Ivy was a worthy proponent of the architectural profession.

Before joining the AIA, Robert Ivy worked as the editor in chief of an architectural journal called the Architectural Journal published by McGraw Hill. He succeeded in making the journal the most widely read architectural journal in the world. Ivy also led McGraw Hill in their growth and expansion in China and the Middle East. The Architectural Record received several awards under his leadership including 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards and the National Magazine Award for National Excellence.

Nancy LaForge, the president of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, said that Robert Ivy deserved the award. She pointed out that as an international speaker and author, he had played significant role in making architecture obtainable to the public. Ivy is the author of the Fay Jones biography which is currently in its third edition.

Robert Ivy attended the Sewanee: the University of the South where he studied English and Biology. He also has a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University. Ivy has received other honors like the Dean’s Medal from Arkansas University. The National Architecture Body also named him Master Architect in 2010.

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