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The Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Ivy

The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters has recognized Robert Ivy, the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, with the prestigious Noel Park Lifetime Achievement Award. This is quite the accomplishment in and of itself, but, for Ivy, it is especially prestigious because it is the first time an architect has won the award.

This award is given to people who have a connection to Mississippi and who are artists in their own write. Robert Ivy earned this award by his lifetime work of creating, performing, and supporting the arts. Robert Ivy has helped make architecture more accessible to the public, he has been a author and commentator about architecture throughout the world.

Ivy’s peers have had nothing but good things to say about him. Nancy LaForge, the MIAL President said, “Ivy now takes his rightful place in an acclaimed list of Noel Polk Award honorees.” Continuing support was seen by Carl Elefante, the AIA President who said, “As the CEO of AIA since 2011, and as an author, editor and practicing architect, Robert Ivy is a worthy ambassador for our profession.”

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While working for with the AIA, Ivy has received a number of other awards. He received the Master Architect award for his great ability to communicate the value design by the Alpha Rho Chi, a national architecture fraternity. He is one of only seven who have received this great honor throughout the fraternity’s history. Further proving his ability as an architect, he University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture awarded Ivy with a Dean’s Medal award.

Despite his success with the AIA, Robert Ivy, had his own successes before joining the organization in 2011. Prior to 2011, Ivy was an Editor-in-Chief at McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. While Ivy worked for the Architectural Record they became the most circulated journal of architecture worldwide. While under Ivy’s supervision, this journal received the National Magazine Award for Generally Excellence. Further, he helped launch the journal in the Mandarin and Middle Eastern version of the journal.

Robert Ivy received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sewanee: The University of South in English. Subsequently, he received a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. Ivy also served in the United States Navy as an Officer.

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