MIAL Honors Robert Ivy

The Mississippi Institute of Art and Letters (MIAL) has awarded the 2018 Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award to an architect for the first time ever. Robert Ivy the Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) was presented the prestigious award for his impact on the architectural community.

The award

The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is given to Mississippi connected artist, writers, actors, or singers who have contributed much to their field of arts. Robert Ivy joins the very esteemed company such as actor Morgan Freeman, singer Leontyne Price, artist Walter Anderson, and authors Adora Welty and Shelby Foote.

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The Career

As CEO of the American Institute of Architects, Ivy has been pivotal in the transforming the architecture profession in the 21st century. He has highlighted the importance of the profession in the development of the United States ensuring that Architects follow strict guidelines that help them become more efficient. Prior to becoming the EVP/CEO of AIA Robert Ivy was the editor-in-chief of Architectural Record magazine and the vice president/editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction.

Ivy served as an officer in the US Navy prior to becoming an architect and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee as well as a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Tulane University.

Other Honors

Alpha Rho Chi, the architecture fraternity honored Robert Ivy for his communication in the value of design in 2010. Robert Ivy has donned the title of Master Architect along with iconic names such as Mies Van Der Rohe, and I. M. Pei. Last year Robert received the dean’s medal from the University of Arkansas and in 2009 the American Business Media presented Robert with the Crane Award, the highest recognition they give to an individual.

The Community

This unique honor serves as recognition too young aspiring architects of their artistic importance and architects across the country believe the knowledge of Robert’s accomplishments will boost morale across the profession.

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Robert Ivy Successfully Leads The American Institute Of Architects

Robert Ivy is helping to change the profession of architecture in his role as the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The science of building technology is continually advancing and new considerations like environmental awareness are being pushed to the forefront. Ivy has helped restructure the organization under 21st-century terms and local communities will be the beneficiaries. He has served in this capacity since 2011 and brings energy and passion to the job.

A strong voice for advocacy is needed at the head of AIA and that is exactly what Robert Ivy brings to the table in his role as CEO. He is adept at public outreach and increasing the public’s awareness of the role that architecture plays in the design of modern structures. The expertise of architects can bring about buildings that are pleasant and interesting to look at while also being energy conscious.

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There are several ways that Robert Ivy has helped the AIA to restructure in an effort to update and modernize the organization. He has improved their decision-making ability by streamlining their operations, which deepen their influence in society. He has been the catalyst for the adoption of a digital-first infrastructure which keeps pace with current trends in business. An award-winning public awareness campaign has also been implemented by Ivy to great effect in raising the profile of the profession.

He has been an important voice in preparing architects for their role in the 21st century and its pressing issues. Architecture is a profession that is uniquely situated to play a vital role in addressing issues like sustainability, climate change, and the impacts that design has on public health.

Robert Ivy was formerly the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record which is a trade publication of international stature. Under his leadership, it grew to become the world’s most widely read trade journal on architecture and received a distinct award. They were honored by the American Society of Magazine Editors with the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. This was a rarity for a professional journal and highlights the abilities of Ivy to advance his profession.

Another career highlight for Robert Ivy was his biography about Fay Jones, who was a noted apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. This was published in 2001 and is now in its third edition. It has been honored by the Art Library Society of North America for its design and scholarship which is of the highest standard.

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