Robert Ivy: A Successful Architect By Design

Architect titan and celebrated Editor in Chief, Robert Ivy, has recently received the Polk Life Time Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Currently there are only five individuals from Mississippi whom have received this prestigious award.

However, Ivy will be the first architect to receive Noel Polk award, proving just how impressive his career has been and continues to be. When asked what made Ivy the perfect candidate for this away, MIAL President Nancy LaForge stated, “When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s really no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy.” Additionally, Ivy, since his tenure started at AIA in 2011, has managed to push the organization to its highest membership level in its long history. It is no wonder that Ivy has been able to draw such an interest in architecture with his background and ability in communicating the value of design.

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Prior to winning this award and becoming the Chief Executive Officer of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robert Ivy was the editor-in-chief for McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. Starting his career as Editor in Chief in 1996, Ivy has been very successful and is being recognized for his extraordinary body of architectural work. Ivy, due to his reputation in the world of architecture, was selected to be a panel member to select the architect that would design the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. This award is not the first bestowed upon Ivy, in 2017 he received the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas, for his published works related to Fay Jones. Ivy had also received the Crain Award in 2009, which is the highest recognition for an individual by the American Business Media. Robert Ivy has been an inspiration in the architectural world and continues to be honored for his unremitting contributions to the craft.

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