Congratulations! Honor is what Robert deserves. Mr. Ivy is an accomplished architect. But there are many others. Why all the praise for him specifically Robert Ivy is the executive officer and vice president of American Institutes of Architects(AIA). He has had other previous responsibilities as Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record and Editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction where he oversaw 33 publications – both print and digital editions. The leadership of Ivy saw growth of Architectural Record worldwide dissemination and launch of Mandarin Version in China
The Noel Polk Award stands out as it’s the first award to an architect. Now, you see why Robert Ivy deserves the compliments. Of Course, this is not the only award. He was awarded the G.D Crain Award for contributions to editorial excellence and business media. Alpha Rho Chi acclaimed Robert as Master Architect in 2010 after the Crain Award – an award that he shares with the eminent architects like Richard Buckminster Fuller. In 2017, Ivy was also awarded Deans Medal from the Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.
The Polk Award in normally awarded to alive Mississippi-connected artists and art patrons. The artists and patrons must have supported the creation and performing of art. For this reason, Robert is considered an artist and joins a small number of distinguished persons. Robert Ivy joins the ranks of infamous actor Morgan Freeman and writer Shelby Foote who are some of the celebrated people that have been award the Polk.
The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters – privately funded, the non-profit organization will award Robert Ivy the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award on 2 of June. Fellow members and leaders of Ivy in AIA have acknowledged his efforts. MIAL President Nancy LaForge commends Robert Ivy for making architecture accessible to the public. AIA President Carl Elefante also appreciates the efforts of Ivy in being the ambassador for the architectural profession as practicing architect, author, and editor. The efforts of Robert have grown AIA to the highest membership level in its history. America Institute of Architects has practicing architects across the world – having seven global.
The achievements of Robert sprout from the education he received. He has Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee – The University of the South. He also has a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University. Notwithstanding his education, he has also served in the US Navy.