Throughout his career, Robert Ivy has accomplished his fair share of feats. From writing a biography on Fay Jones, a well-known architect, to his work as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architecture. As a writer, editor and practicing architect, Ivy has a long history of advocating for the well-being of the public through architecture. His philosophies have led AIA to host the most members under his leadership in its over 160 year history, its reach has also grown globally despite being based in the United States.
As a native Mississippian, Robert Ivy is counted among the likes of Walter Anderson, Leontyne Price, Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, and Morgan Freeman who were all honored by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. In June, Robert Ivy will also be awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award for making architecture more accessible to the general public. This honor should not be taken lightly, where architecture, especially in the 21st century, is more akin to art than ever before. It’s role has evolved to be all inclusive regarding its effect on a community, its environment and people.
Before joining AIA as CEO, Robert Ivy was Editor-in-Chief at an award winning architectural Magazine, the Architectural Record under McGraw-Hill. One such award was the National magazine Award for General Excellence, after expanding the magazine to a more global audience including China with a first-time Mandarin version and the Middle East.
Ivy was also designated as a “Master Architect” by the architectural fraternity Alpha Rho Chi for his efforts in communicating the importance of design. A title he shares with only seven other architects and is the only one to be recognized for his work in the 21st century. In addition to this honor, in 2017, for the biography he penned that is now in its third edition, he received the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.
It’s easy to see that Ivy’s life is full of achievements, and when he is honored this June his life will be marked by another unique accomplishment. There is no one else quite like Robert Ivy and who happens to also hail from Mississippi. Ivy is also the first architect to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
It goes without saying, Robert Ivy is well deserving of this honor.
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