Robert Ivy has been honored with the Noel Polka Lifetime Achievement Award. This award comes in recognition of the outstanding work that Ivy has done in the world of architecture and its influence in Mississippi, his hometown. The recognition is quite a milestone as it is the first time that an architect has been a recipient. Previous recipients have been individuals that have demonstrated exemplary performance and a great influence in the advancement of the arts within Mississippi such as Morgan Freeman in 2007.
Robert Ivy’s influence has been both as a designer and creator of architecture and as a writer that has been very vocal in bringing architecture to the community through great editorial work and publishing. The American Institute of Architects recognizes him as “a worthy ambassador” of the work the institute is set to do. The accolade is both a personal and professional achievement for Ivy who has been passionate in all matters related to architecture. Previously, he has received other accolades such as the Master Architect award by the national architecture organization, Alpha Rho Chi. He also received the 2017 Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Joy School of Architecture.
Before Robert Ivy joined the AIA, he worked as the editor-in-chief of the McGraw-Hill Architectural Record. His vision and passion contributed to the growth of Architectural Record to become the most widely disseminated architectural journal across the world. The Journal won various awards including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. His leadership saw the expansion of McGraw-Hill’s department of design and construction to open a Mandarin version of Architectural Record in China and the Middle East. Within the AIA, Ivy has been an exemplary leader as CEO. He has seen the membership grow to its highest since the inception of the institution 160 years ago. Due to exposure and partnerships, now more American Architects than ever before are working around the globe.
Among Ivy’s other great accomplishments includes the publishing of a biography in 2001 entitled Fay Jones: Architect. This work is now in its third edition and has been recognized for upholding the highest standards in design, production and scholarship.
Before Robert Ivy joined the world of architecture, he was in the U.S Navy as an officer. He studied BA in English at the Sewanee: The University of the South before proceeding to Tulane University where he completed his Masters education in Architecture. He will receive the Lifetime Award on June 2 at the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
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