On June 2nd, Mississippi-born Robert Ivy, executive vice president and CEO of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) joined an elite group of professionals recognized for a lifetime of achievement. Previous recipients of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award include artist Walter Anderson, writer Shelby Foote, and actor Morgan Freeman.
Robert Ivy is the first architect to receive this award on behalf of the MIAL (Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters) for his lifetime of service to the American Institute of Architects and the state of Mississippi. During the ceremony, MIAL President Nancy LaForge commended Ivy’s service, saying, “When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s really no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy.”
Ivy is credited with his efforts to spread influence of the AIA since his start in 2011 and was thanked personally on this matter at his award ceremony by AIA president Carl Elefante. The organization currently houses more members now than their entire history, thanks largely in part to Ivy himself.
Robert Ivy graduated from Tulane University as a Master of Architecture and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Sewanee: The University of the South. He became the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record in 1996, and before joining the AIA in 2011, worked as the Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media.
Despite the prestige of his Lifetime Achievement Award, Ivy is no stranger to accolades, earning numerous publishing industry honors with Architectural Record, including the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Throughout his tenure, Architectural Record also earned 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Before that, he received the McGraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence in 1998. Ivy also received the Crain Award in 2009, the American Business Media’s highest recognition for an individual.
A man with incredible influence recognition for his work, Robert Ivy continues his work at the AIA. Though he’s been recognized for a lifetime of achievement, Ivy is sure to receive more commendation for the remainder of his illustrious career.
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