Robert Ivy was was honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award on June 2, 2018 from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. The honor also went to famed stained-glass designer Andrew Cary Young from the Pearl River Glass Studio located in Jackson. The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those who are in some way connected to Mississippi and have shown outstanding ability in some form of arts or performing. Robert is the first ever architect to be awarded this honor. Past recipients of the award include artist Walter Anderson, singer Leontyne Price and Actor Morgan Freeman.
Currently Robert Ivy is the CEO of the American Institute of Architects and has been since 2011. Prior to 2011 he was editor in chief of Architectural Record magazine. Robert Ivey is a graduate of the University of the South. He went on to receive his Master of Architecture from Tulane University. Before his college years he was an officer in the U.S. Navy.
Robert Ivy is well known in architectural community. He has helped to raise awareness of the architectural industry with the general population. The industry has recently faced some challenges do to rapidly progressing technology. Robert Ivy has been at the forefront of helping to keep the industry up to date with compiling educational material and making it available to fellow architects.
Throughout his career Robert Ivy has collected many well earned awards. For his work at the Architectural Record he received the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He was honored by the fraternity Alpha Rho Chi of architecture for helping to communicate the value of design. Only seven others have received this honor and he is the only architect to have received it this century. In 2017 Ivy was awarded Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture. He is also the author of Fay Jones (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2001).
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