Robert Ivy, the chief executive officer and vice president of the American Institute of Architects, holds a masters in Architecture from Tulane University and has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Sewanee, the University of the south. Robert Ivy is a well-established man in the field of architecture having been part of the jury that assigned architect Frank Gehry to come up with the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. He will be receiving his Noel Polk lifetime achievement award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and letters (MIAL) in June this year.
The CEO is the first architect to get the award that is usually accorded to patrons and artists associated to Mississippi with exemplary work. Robert Ivy has been given the honors to be a part of Mississippians that have been awarded before, the likes of Writer Shelby Foote and Morgan Freeman. He got commended by the MIAL president, Nancy LaForge for being an incredible commentator and author who had made architecture Comprehensible to the general public, something that nobody else from Mississippi had done.
Under his leadership at McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record, it became the most circulated architectural journal and won several awards among them the National Magazine Award. He also led the team in launching a Mandarin version of the record in China and the middle east. In 2001, Ivy published the Fay Jones biography that is in its third edition now, a book that cites the work of Frank Lloyd Wrights follower who is an American architect.
The renowned architect, Robert Ivy has received numerous awards throughout his career. He shares the master of architect title with other celebrated architects like Richard Fuller and I.M Pei after being recognized by Alpha Rho Chi, the National Architecture society, for elaborating the importance of design. This is an achievement because he is the only architect in the 21st century and one of only seven people to receive the honor in the history of Alpha Rho Chi. Ivy was also awarded the Deans medal in 2017 from the Fay Jones School of architecture in the University of Arkansas.
Robert Ivy has built his reputation and significantly nurtured the global footprint of the American Institute of architecture that has hit its highest level of membership since its beginning. The AIA president, Carl Elefante, congratulated him saying he is a virtuous ambassador for the profession and he deserves the crown for both his personal and professional achievements as a Mississippi resident.