Robert Ivy is a Columbus native who has accomplished milestone in the architecture industry. Being the CEO and at the same time the executive vice of the prestigious AIA (American Institute of Architects), Robert still prefers to keep a low profile. Ivy is a proficient writer, who served as former editor-in-chief of Architectural Record. He is the author of Fay Jones, Architect, which was put out in 2001. Find out more about Robert on Tulane School of Architecture.
Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters (MIAL) began in 1978, to support, foster and recognize Mississippi’s artists. Recipients of the MIAL Lifetime Achievement Award ought to be Mississippi natives. The AIA CEO was honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by MIAL. This strikes as the first time an architect has been presented with the Polk Award. Robert shares the Lifetime Achievement Award with Andrew Cary Young of Pearl River Glass Studio.
Ivy was presented with the award at an event by MIAL on June 2nd. AIA President Carl Elefante commended him saying that, Robert Ivy is an earnest ambassador of their line of work and the award was a personal and professional victory for him. President Carl was completely delighted for him being esteemed.
Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters President Nancy LaForge, applauded him for making architecture accessible to the public as compared to anyone else from Mississippi. She further included that; as a writer, author and critic on architecture across the globe, Robert Ivy had finally taken his place in the list of Noel Polk Award honorees.
Robert Ivy joins the list former recipients of the award who includes writers Eudora Welty (2001) and Shelby Foote (2004), actor Morgan Freeman (2007), artist Walter Anderson (1989) and singer Leontyne Price (2000). Ivy’s previous honors include the designation Master Architect by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi and the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Jones School of Architecture in 2017.
Robert Ivy, has further stretched out the influence of the company (AIA) to its uppermost membership level in its 160-year history.