The American Institute of Architects (AIA) was delighted to announce that Robert Ivy, the company’s CEO and vice president has been honored by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). MIAL, a non-profit making organization honored Robert with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement. AIA had all the reasons to be excited about the award because it is the first time that the prize is being awarded to an architect. The award is usually awarded to living Mississippi-connected art patrons and artists who have produced extraordinary works, worthy of the honor. Ivy, together with Pearl River Glass Studio and Andrew Cary Young of Jackson will receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement in June.
Carl Elefante is the president of AIA, and he was present during the awarding ceremony. Carl was delighted about the award, noting that it was more than a professional achievement because Ivy is Mississippi’s native too. Therefore, Carl views the award as also a personal achievement for Robert Ivy. In fact, the president of AIA was excited about the honor because he also views it as an award to AIA in extension. Robert is honored to join other Noel Polk award receivers, such as the singer Leontyne Price, Morgan Freeman, Shelby Foote, and artist Walter Anderson. In a press release, Nancy LaForge, the president of MIAL stated that the award was given to Robert because no one else has made architecture more accessible to the public as Robert Ivy has done. Surprisingly, Robert is also a commentator, writer, and author on architecture across the globe.
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Robert graduated from the University of the South with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He later joined Tulane University for his Masters of Architecture degree. Surprisingly, Robert Ivy worked as an officer in the United States Navy before becoming an architect. Robert also worked for Architectural Record as editor-in-chief before he joined AIA in 2011. While working here, Ivy received several honors such as the National Magazine Award. Ivy has impacted the AIA positively, which is evident in the company’s significant growth in its global footprint. In fact, the institute has the highest membership since its existence in the industry. Robert was also recognized by Alpha Rho Chi, a national architecture fraternity as the Master Architect in 2010. It is an award that is given to the most accomplished and well-known architects. AIA was founded in 1857, and it has over 200 chapters, internationally, locally and in states. AIA engages the public, government leaders and civic leaders in creating solutions to problems being faced by the world, communities, the nation, and institutions.
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On the 11th of April, 2018 the CEO and executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy was awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). Unlike previous years, where the award was given to art patrons and Mississippi- connected artists this time it went to an architect, for the very first time. He is among the few Mississippians to be awarded, which began with Eudora Welty (2001) and includes the late artist Walter Anderson (1989), singer Leontyne Price (2000) writer Shelby Foote (2004), and actor Morgan Freeman (2007).
Nancy Laforge, MIAL President, said that when it came to making architecture more accessible to the public health, no one else in Mississippi did it right except Robert Ivy. AIA President Carl Elefante described Ivy as a worthy ambassador and congratulated him on behalf of the AIA on the unique honor. Before he joined the AIA in 2011, Ivy was previously the Editor-in-chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. Under his leadership, McGraw-Hill’s became the most widely circulated architectural journal worldwide, and it has since received many awards including one for General Excellence by the National Magazine Award.
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Moreover, Robert Ivy led the Architectural Record’s construction and design media in China during its explosive growth. His authoritative biography titled Fay Jones: Architect was first published in 2001 and is currently in its third edition. The book explores the work of the American Architect who was a great fan of Frank Lloyd Wright. The book was cited by the Art Library Society of North America for its design, production and highest standards of scholarship.
CEO Robert Ivy has significantly contributed to the AIA’s global footprint. Since it was founded, the institute is currently at its highest membership level. Today, architects in America are practicing around the globe with the help of AIA’s seven global chapters, including new ones in Canada and China. Ivy was also previously awarded by the national architecture fraternity for his effectiveness in communicating the value of design. He is one of the seven architects to have received the award in 100 years and the only one in the 21st century.
Check more about Robert Ivy: https://archinect.com/news/article/150059501/robert-ivy-to-receive-lifetime-achievement-award
The American Institute of Architects(AIA) is a Washington D.C. based architectural firm that was originally founded in New York City in the mid-1800s. The company’s main focus is assisting the federal government with infrastructure, while advising lawmakers on legislative policy that directly impacts the lives of the American population. At the forefront of this agenda is AIA’s executive vice president and chief executive officer Robert Ivy. Ivy has a Masters degree in Architecture from Tulane University and was promoted to the company’s top executive in 2013. Since his appointment, Ivy has directed the company’s resources to focus on government-funded buildings. Schools, hospitals, and other public service facilities have a direct impact on the well-being of the population and maintaining the structural integrity of these institutions is critical. Ivy believes the political divide among the country’s top officials has lead to the neglect of infrastructure and with that partisan activity comes the threat of harm to the public. The same public that elect these officials to serve and protect their interests.
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Robert Ivy believes the future of architecture will be determined by the negative effects that climate change has had on our society. Emissions from dirty industry and their outdated practices have lead to a weakening of the country’s interior framework. Ivy’s goal is to initiate an agenda that focuses on cleaner, smarter construction which is commonly referred to as GREEN technology. This applies to not only the actual construction of a building but also how the building operates after its completion. Systems involving heating, cooling, lighting, and maintenance procedures all need to be addressed. Recent statistics have shown that implementing GREEN and energy efficient practices not only have shown positive revenue growth but have also provided millions of jobs to the population. Ivy’s hope going forward is that more companies adopt these clean initiatives and focus their efforts on a smarter approach to their operations.
The American Institute of Architects is also strongly committed to assisting the next generation of architects. Many of these young men and women are unable to afford the expenditures associated with college curriculums, which leads to them either dropping out of the programs or not even signing up for them in the first place. This is discouraging for Robert Ivy as the youth of the society is ultimately the future of it as well. Not being able to mentor these young people or provide them with the ability to utilize their full potential is a major setback for the industry. Fresh minds mean fresh ideas and combining old world practice with new world ambition is a recipe for success for many business models.
The American Institute of Architects is often criticized for being a credential or a seal of prestige for its members, rather than being a living, influencing organization that drives the industry in a meaningful way. At some point, this might have been true. After all, can it really be helped when you’re an organization dating to 1857 and so prominent that your membership numbers more than 90,000. AIA membership has become synonymous with the profession in the US, but its leadership has a clear vision for it to be much more than just that. The American Institute of Architects is one of the most influential lobbying groups in the U.S. capital of Washington D.C.