To be globally recognized as a master architect you must possess some traits and expertise that is incomparable among the world’s greatest architects. Being the EVP and Chief Executive Officer at the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robert Ivy has been an ambassador of the architecture profession and his passion towards publicizing and dispensing knowledge about the profession has earned him several awards that have crowned his professional and individual achievements. He is an established author, writer and consequently a commentator on issues to do with architecture globally.
Recently, Robert Ivy joined the short list of the likes of writer Shelby Foote, artist Walter Anderson, writer Eudora Welty, singer Leontyne Price and actor Morgan Freeman who has been distinguished and accorded honor as Mississippians who have done excellent work in their lifetime. He happens to be the first architect honoree to join the list thus making this award very important and crucial to him and the whole of architectural industry especially AIA. The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to architect by Nancy LaForge who is the President of Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL).
The renowned architect has contributed much in enhancing the development of art and making architecture even more accessible to the members of the general public hence taking his rightful place in the Polk Award. Robert Ivy has been the CEO of AIA since 2011 and the institute has seen major developments and achievements within his years of service. Being a blueprint of how an architectural institute should be, AIA has registered the highest membership number since its inception around 160 years ago. It has enabled practicing architects around the globe to have choice knowledge in architecture through its well established seven branches and chapters across the globe including China and Canada.
Every organization that Ivy has served has saluted him for the kind of achievement he left behind. Prior to joining AIA, Robert Ivy was serving at McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record as the Editor-in-Chief. In his tenure, Architectural Record became the most publicized architectural journal globally. Of course, this attracted several awards like General Excellence Award by National Magazine. He is recognized to have helped the establishment of McGraw-Hill in China and Middle East where he established a new version of Architectural Record.
Prior to joining architect career, Robert Ivy served in the U.S Navy. He studied at The University of the South, Sewanee for his BA in English and later joined Tulane University for his Master Degree in Architecture. He has been recognized as a Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi for his outstanding architectural designs and Dean’s Medal from the University Of Arkansas Fay Jones School Of Architecture.