Robert Ivy is the chief executive officer and executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and he previously served as the editor in chief of the Architectural Record. Much of the growth of the Architectural Record has been attributed to Ivy and the hard work he put in. He also served McGraw-Hill Construction Media as its editorial director and vice president in the past.
Robert Ivy was recently recognized by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) as they awarded him with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. While this is a huge honor for Ivy, it is also the first time that an architect has ever been selected to receive the Polk Award. The award honors living art patrons or artists who call Mississippi their home who have put together an amazing lifetime of creative work or who have supported the arts in a large way over the course of their life. He joins other well known and famous artists such as, Walter Anderson, Morgan Freeman, and Eudora Welty.
Nancy LaForge, the president of the MIAL was present for the occasion and commented that no one has been able to make the world of architecture more accessible to people than Robert Ivy. She went on to praise him for bringing more attention to architecture through his writing and speaking. The president of the AIA, Carl Elefante, was also on-hand during the celebrations and commented that Ivy has been a wonderful ambassador for the the field of architecture and that he completely deserves to win the Polk Award.
Robert Ivy has been with the AIA since 2011 as CEO and has been able to expand its presence on a worldwide level. The organization, in its 160 years of existence, has never had as many members as it does today, and it is continuing to grow under Ivy’s guidance and energy. Robert Ivy was also the recipient of the Crain Award in 2009, which was an honor bestowed upon him by the American Business Media. Ivy has no intention of leaving the AIA any time soon and hopes to continue to be able to advocate for architects in the United States.
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