American Institute of Architects Executive Vice President and CEO Robert Ivy was recently honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, which marks the first time that an architect has won such an award. The former U.S. navy officer has worked at the AIA since 2011, and has been previously presented with several other awards related to the work he has done in his career field. In 2009, he was given the American Business Media’s highest honor, the Crain Award, and in 2010, he received the Master Architect Award from a fraternity called Alpha Rho Chi. In the past, this fraternity gave this award to other famous architects like I.M. Pei and Mies van der Rohe. Check out on youtube for more updates.
Robert Ivy is also the author of a biographical novel called Fay Jones: Architect, which he penned in 2001, and he has written a number of articles on architectural design. He became the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record in 1996, as well as the Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, a company that honored him with the Management Excellence Award in 1998. The Mississippi-born builder earned a BA degree in English from Sewanee: The University of the South, and a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. AIA, the organization he currently works for, was established in 1857 with a goal of creating safe, valuable and healthy buildings, neighborhoods and communities. It now has more than 200 international, state and local chapters.
After receiving the prestigious Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, Robert Ivy expressed his thanks to all who’d decided to recognize his work in such a way. He also stated that it was a real honor for him to be getting this award from an institution in his home state. He is now among the many writers, entertainers and painters who have received the award in previous years, some of them being actor Morgan Freeman, writer Shelby Foote, artist Walter Anderson and opera singer Leontyne Price. During his long career in the construction industry, Robert Ivy has given commentary on the subject of architecture all over the world.