Robert Ivy, the CEO and EVP of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), was presented the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters at an event on June 2nd, 2018. This is the first occasion in which an architect has won this award.
The prestigious award is presented to those exceptional artists and patrons of art who have a connection to Mississippi. Fellow Mississippians who have also received this award include the late artist Walter Anderson in 1989, singer Leontyne Price in 2000, writer Eudora Welty in 2001, writer Shelby Foote in 2004, and actor Morgan Freeman in 2007.
Robert Ivy has served as CEO since 2011, but he is also a practicing architect as well as an author. The President of the corporation Carl Elefante, FAIA, said that Ivy was a “worthy ambassador” of the architectural field for this award. Find out more about Robert Ivy on Architect
Robert Ivy published his biography “Fay Jones: Architect” in 2001, and the book is now in is third edition of publishing. It follows the work of the architect and devotee of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Before he began his work at AIA, Ivy was the editor-in-chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record, and with his guidance, the publisher received many awards, which included the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He was also a driving force in design and construction media for the publisher during his time of launching a Mandarin version of Architectural Record in China, as well as establishing and launching another in the Middle East.
As for his achievements at AIA, Robert Ivy has grown the institute by leaps and bounds, making them more of a globally-known establishment. America’s architects are practicing all over the world today, with the help of the other seven global AIA chapters which include new chapters in Canada and China.