Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy, was recently honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award for his excellence in the field of architectural design. The award was presented to him by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, and it was the first time someone in his industry was given this honor. Prior to beginning his work in the field of architecture, the entrepreneur, author and commentator served as an officer in the U.S. navy after earning a BA degree in English from Sewanee: The University of the South, and attending Tulane University, where he received a Master of Architecture degree.
In 1996, Robert Ivy became the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record, and he later went on to become the Editorial Director and Vice President of McGraw-Hill Construction Media. He has been the head of the AIA since 2011. Founded in 1857, the organization has more than 200 state, local and international chapters, and its goal is to construct buildings, neighborhoods and communities that are secure, healthy and hold a higher value. Aside from winning the Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this month, Robert Ivy is also the recipient of several other awards and honors, among them, the 2009 Crain Award, which is the American Business Media’s highest recognition.
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He also won the McGraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence in 1998, and was named Master Architect in 2010 by the Alpha Rho Chi fraternity, an honor that was given to other famous architects such as I.M. Pei and Mies van der Rohe in the past. In addition to being an exceptional designer of buildings, CEO Robert Ivy has also written articles and given commentary on the subject of architecture all over the world, and he penned a biography called Fay Jones: Architect, which was published in 2001, and is now in its third edition. His new status as a Noel Polk Award winner puts him in the company of a few other of its well-known honorees such as actor Morgan Freeman, writer Shelby Foote, opera singer Leontyne Price and artist Walter Anderson.
Robert Ivy, who is a native of Mississippi, received his Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony that was held in the city of Jackson. During his acceptance speech, he expressed that it was a great honor for him to be recognized by his home state, which he says introduced him to the world of art and literature.