He has been on the forefront of making architecture readily available and accessible to every member of the Mississippi society hence gaining recognition all over the place. Robert Ivy has been a chief campaigner, an author and a great commentator when it comes to architecture all over the world. He is currently the EVP and CEO of American Institute of Architects (AIA) who has been praised for his great ambassadorship in this field.
Recently this architect got one of the most prestigious awards known as Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the (MIAL) Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. He happens to be the very first architect in history to receive this Polk Award. The award is usually given to those people who have achieved exceedingly around Mississippi. He joins the list of singers, writers, actors, and artists. The list has people like Shelby Foote, Leontyne Price, Eudora Welty, Morgan Freeman and Walter Anderson.
According to Carl Elefante, AIA President, Robert Ivy is a great representative and ambassador of their profession. The whole community of AIA feels delighted to have this great icon in their midst. He has received recognition before, which include recognition from Alpha Rho Chi as the Master Architect. He joined the level of Mies Van der Rohe, I.M. Pei and also Richard Buckminster Fuller who had been recognized previous by Alpha Rho Chi. Besides he was award by the UoFJSoA with Dean’s Medal.
Robert Ivy got the “Lifetime Achievement Award” on 2nd June 2018 alongside Andrew Cary Young who is a great stained-glass designer and artist at Pearl River Glass Studio. Before joining AIA as the CEO, Ivy served at Architectural Record as the Editor-in-Chief. During his serving there, he received several awards like National Magazine Award and made Architectural Record gain a global recognition. As a matter of fact, he was at the center of making Media’s design and constructs their operational bases in China and the Middle East. In China, he came up with Mandarin which is the version of the Architectural Record.
The leadership of Robert Ivy at American Institute of Architects has been one of the greatest assets in the institute where it has recorded the highest number of members since its establishment 160 years ago. Additionally, the number of employees and various job opportunities has been opened. According to the MIAL president, Nancy LaForge, this architect has made the general public aware of what really architecture entails. He studied at The University of the South at Sewanee for BA in English and later Tulane University for his Masters in Architecture. He has also served in the U.S. Navy as an officer.
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