Robert Ivy has accomplished a lot in his lifetime, and now The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters has presented him with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given to artists and art patrons who are connected to Mississippi and have produced a body of work that is extraordinary and worthy of recognition. He joins a short and distinguished list of recipients which includes actor Morgan Freeman, writer Shelby Foote, and singer Leontyne Price, among others. He has the distinct honor of being the first architect to receive the award.
Robert Ivy currently serves as the Executive Vice President and CEO of American Institute of Architects. During his seven years in that role, the American Institute of Architects has expanded its reach globally through seven chapters, including a chapter in China and Canada.
Prior to his current role, Robert Ivy was the editor-in-chief of the magazine “Architectural Record”, published by McGraw Hill. Under his guidance, the magazine garnered several awards, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. The magazine enjoys a readership that spans the globe as a result of Robert Ivy’s dedication. He was responsible for launching a Mandarin version of the magazine, and he extended the reach of the magazine into the Middle East.
Furthermore, Robert Ivy is an accomplished author. His book, “Fay Jones: Architect”, was recognized by The Art Library Society of North America for its high standards of production, design, and scholarship. It is now on its third revision.
Robert Ivy received his Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South. He received his Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. Prior to that he served as an officer in the United States Navy.
Through his writing, research, and passion for architecture Robert Ivy has expanded the reach of American Architecture throughout the world. He is a perfect representative of the American Architect and his legacy will not soon be forgotten. It is only fitting that he has received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award.
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