The acting, vice-president and CEO of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) has been recognized by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters(MIAL) for the award of Noel Polk lifetime achievement alongside a designer of stained glass, Mr. Andrew Young. Being the first architect to get this award that is often given to the Mississippi creatives and patrons, Nancy LaForge, the MIAL president was quite impressed and acknowledged him as the only individual in Mississippi to make architecture obtainable to the general population. The lifetime achievement award has put Robert Ivy in the list of recognized Noel Polk holders with Morgan Freeman, Eudora Welty among other few.
After graduating with a Bachelors degree in English from Sewanee, the University of the south, he enrolled for his masters in Tulane University where he earned his masters in Architecture. Robert began his career as an officer in the U.S army before he moved to McGraw hills Architectural Record to become their chief editor. Under his administration the Record became the most circulated architecture journal bringing home several awards like the National Magazine award. During this period he organized a successful launch of the Record’s Mandarin version in China as well as the Middle East. In 2001, Robert Ivy published the Fay Jones biography, a publication that echoes the works of an American architect that was a firm believer of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Robert Ivy has established himself over the years thus becoming an expert in the architecture field. He has received a couple of awards from different organizations like the University of Arkansas that honored him with the Deans medal from Fay Jones school of architecture. On top of this, he got recognized by Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture forum for explaining the need for design. Alpha Rho Chi ranked him among the only seven people to ever get the award and the only architect to hold it in the 21st century.
The AIA president, Carl Elefante told a press release that Robert Ivy was a great ambassador for AIA and was well deserving of the award having been a part of the team that saw the organization hit the highest global level with thousands of members in Europe, Canada, U.S and Asia. He has made a notable contribution to architecture both in America and globally. The privately funded, non-profit organization MIAL, is set to recognize and honor Robert with his award in 2nd June 2018.