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.
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