Robert Ivy is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer at The American Institute of Architects, an author, editor, and a practicing architect. He is a Mississippi native, and has also been a critic for many nationally publications.
Robert Ivy is also the first architect to receive the Polk Award and is considered to be a worthy ambassador for architects everywhere. He officially received the award at a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters event on June 2, 2018.
Since Robert Ivy became CEO of AIA in 2011, the Institute has grown globally and is currently at its highest membership in its century and a half history and has branched out into China and Canada as well as 5 other globally based chapters. “When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s really no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy.” said Nancy LaForge in a AIA press release. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English at Sewanee: The University of the South and a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University’s School of Architecture.
He was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record before 2011 and led it to being the most widespread architectural journal worldwide and gained it many awards. He also led projects during McGraw-Hill’s expansion in China, where he launched a Mandarin version of the architectural journal, and the Middle East. He was also honored by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi for being able to communicate the value of design. He’s designated as a Master Architect, one of seven in the fraternity’s century long existance and the only architect selected in the 21st century.
The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award
The Noel Polk Award is currently given to active Mississippi-connect artists and art patrons. Previous honorees include Morgan Freeman in 2007 and the artist Walter Anderson in 1989. Due to Robert Ivy’s achievements and ongoing work to improve the architecture community and the works that he’s done that are open to the public such as the Dwight Eisenhower Memorial. There is no one more suited to receiving the Noel Polk Award than he is.
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