As the CEO of the AIA or the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy has been honored by the MIAL or the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the first time the Polk Award has been bestowed on an architect. The award is given to art patrons and artists connected to or living in Mississippi for performing, creating or supporting art throughout their life. This special honor encompasses a small list including Eudora Welty, Morgan Freeman, Walter Anderson and Leontyne Price.
The President of the MIAL is Nancy LaForge. She stated Robert Ivy has made architecture much more accessible for Mississippi’s general public. She spoke of his work throughout the world as an architectural commentator, author and writer. She believes he has earned his place on the Noel Polk Award honorees list. Robert Ivy has been leading the AIA since 2011 as a practicing architect. As the President of the AIA Carl Elefante stated Robert Ivy is an asset to the profession. He congratulated him for his professional and personal achievement.
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Prior to his service to the AIA, Robert Ivy worked for McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record as the Editor in Chief. Due to his leadership the Architectural Record received several awards including the General Excellence Award from the National Magazine. He was also responsible for the journal becoming the most widely disseminated in the world. Robert Ivy led the construction media and design for McGraw-Hill during China’s explosive growth. He was also responsible for the Architectural Record’s Mandarin version as well as the Middle East.
The Faye Jones authoritative biography was written by Robert Ivy and published in 2001. The biography has reached the third edition. The book is about the American architects work and his devotion to Frank Lloyd Wright. Fay Jones receives the highest standards of production, design and scholarship from the Art Library Society of North America. CEO Robert Ivy has left the footprint of the AIA all across the globe. The membership for the past 160 years has never been this high. The seven chapters of the AIA help architects practice throughout the globe including the newest chapters in Canada and China.
Robert Ivy has been honored for his communication of design value by Alpha Rho Chi. His Master architect designation is shared with Richard Buckminster Fuller, Mies van der Rohe and I.M. Pei. The University of Arkansas Fay honored him with the Dean’s Medal in 2017.
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