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Robert Ivy Receives Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Ivy
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.

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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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Social Media Plays A Role In The Career Of Robert Ivy Of The American Institute Of Architects

The career of the American Institute of Architects Executive Vice President and CEO, Robert Ivy has taken many twists and turns but none has been as public as his use of social media to bring the best in architecture to the people of the world.

Robert Ivy has been in charge of the American Institute of Architects since 2011 when he was appointed to his current roles following his time as the Editor of the respected architectural magazine “Architectural Record” which has been the leading resource for global design professionals for a number of decades.

Looking at the social media posts of Robert Ivy on Twitter one is struck by the beauty of the many posts and images which litter his use of the platforms including those from ancient times and others from modern environments. The many different environments on show not only reflect the various styles of architecture being seen by Robert Ivy on a regular basis but also the travels which have been undertaken by the CEO of the AIA on a regular basis; during his travels to Europe, Robert Ivy has posted views of the buildings he enjoys and the exhibitions he attends showing classical pieces of art and some of the most impressive modern art in countries such as France.


Never an architectural leader to sit back on his laurels and enjoy the fruits of his labor as a Principal at the Dean & Ivy practice and as the Editor of “Architectural Record”. Instead, Robert Ivy has been willing to place his own reputation on the line with an attempt to create a more positive future for architecture in general. Announcing his plan at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative, Ivy stated he was willing to lead a decade-long plan designed to inspire a move towards more sustainable and community-aware architectural choices.

The decision of Robert Ivy to announce his plan at the Clinton Global Initiative was no coincidence, a large number of global leaders and impressive thinkers who witnessed his announcement were asked to play a role in inspiring architects and designers from across the planet to take part in the program according to As the leader of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy already commands a large amount of respect but believes any assistance he may receive when creating new programs is all-important to the future success of one of the world’s leading design and construction groups.

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