Robert Ivy’s Legacy At The American Institute Of Architects

Receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award is an incredibly huge honor that is not given out to just anybody. It takes a person who has gone against all the odds and achieved greatness throughout their life. The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, a non-profit organization, awarded Architect Robert Ivy with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Ivy is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President for The American Institute of Architects.

During the history of Polk Award it has been given to artist and art patrons, but this time, a first, an architect received the award. Robert Ivy is not the only one receiving the award. A Jackson, Mississippi based stained-glass artist named Andrew Cary Young also received the special honor. Among some of the recipients are as follows: singer Leontyne Price, actor Morgan Freeman, late artist Walter Anderson, writer Shelby Foote, and writer Eudora Welty. The American Institute of Architects President Carl Elefante congradulated Robert Ivy on the honor saying that it takes a good amount of professional and personal achievement to receive this award and as a practicing architect, author, and editor Mr. Ivy is a worthy recipient.

Robert Ivy joined the team at American Institute of Architects, or AIA, he has made quite a positive impact on the company. In its 160 years history with the help of Mr. Ivy AIA is at its highest membership level. He has won a number of awards and honors. The University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture awarded Robert with their Dean’s Medal and the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi named him “Master Architect” in 2010. Before he worked at The American Institute of Architects, Ivy worked at Architectural Record as Editor-in-Chief. Not surprising he won multiple awards there including one from the National Magazine Award.

Among being an excellent architect Robert Ivy is also an author. He wrote Fay Jones: Architect. The Art Library Society of North America cited Mr. Ivy’s book for being very high quality in many aspects. It was published in 2001 and is on its third edition. Robert served in the US Navy as an officer before attending college. The successful architect went to Sewanee: The University of the South where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English. From there Mr. Ivy his Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. Robert is a shining example of what hard work and persistence can achieve in life.

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