Robert Ivy, CEO and Executive Vice President of the AIA, or the American Institutes of Architects has just received the prestigious Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This is an award given to Mississippi living artists and art patrons who contribute a lifelong achievement of high-quality art to the city and throughout the US, sometimes even worldwide. Ivy is one of just several who have received the award, other notable people who have received this great honor include Eudora Welty, Morgan Freeman, and Shelby Foote. Ivy stands out among the group as he is the first architect being honored by the award, setting a new standard for all architects out there.
Ivy’s experience and career as an architect, as well as a writer and commentator on the subject sets a blueprint for new and aspiring architects who want to one day become as successful as him. Many claim that it is about time Ivy received the award, as he has achieved above and beyond in architecture. AIA President Carl Elefante stated that no other architect from Mississippi can do what he does, in making architecture more easily “accessible for the general public.” In other words, Ivy sets out on a new architectural project or blue print with the public and people’s ease at mind. He wants to make architecture a tool for people to become easily accessible in their day to day lives, and to help them achieve a more convenient commute.
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Ivy received his higher education from a couple institutions. Firstly, he received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee: The University of the South, and later received Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. In addition, to add to his outstanding resume, Ivy was also a serviceman, prior to joining the architecture field, where he served as a United States Navy officer.
In addition to this prestigious Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, Ivy was also recently awarded the title of having a profound effect in “communicating the value of design” to his peers by America’s architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi.
In addition, to add to his impressive resume, Ivy also served as the former Editor-in-Chief of McGraw-Hill’s magazine/journal, Architectural Record . This was before Ivy joined the AIA in 2011, as its CEO and Executive Vice President. While Ivy served as the Editor-in-Chief for the journal, it was awarded a lot of awards, one which especially stands out is the title of: “the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.” Ivy is an outstanding architect, who stands with the people, and is rightfully being honored for it, with this award.
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