Robert Ivy is the EVP and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The organization was founded in 1857 and works to advocate for public policies that increase the well being and economic vitality of the people in the United States. The AIA also helps its members by providing them with resources and other tools to help them succeed in their careers. Recently, he was honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, which was given to him by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL).
The amazing thing about Robert Ivy winning this award is the fact that an architect has never been granted the Polk Award. Artists and art patrons who live in the state of Mississippi are the recipients of the award, and they are recognized for their body of work over the course of their lives. Other notable figures who have received the award include Walter Anderson, Morgan Freeman, Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, and Leontyne Price. The President of the MIAL, Nancy LaForge, commented that Robert Ivy deserved the award for helping to make architecture more available to the general public. His writing and speaking engagements have helped to educate the world, at-large.
Robert Ivy is the author of the biography Fay Jones: Architect, which was released in 2001. He is also the former Editor-in-Chief of the Architectural Record, which is a publication of McGraw Hill. The publication earned plenty of recognition during the time that Ivy served as its Editor-in-Chief and was honored with the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. The publication also saw a huge growth in the Chinese market during his tenure.
Robert Ivy studied at Sewanee: The University of the South where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. He also earned a Master of Architecture after finishing up his education at Tulane University. Before serving the AIA and learning the ways of architecture, Robert Ivy was in the U.S. Navy where he served as an officer. In his lifetime, he has been recognized by Alpha Rho Chi, the American architecture fraternity, for his ability to be able to communicate the worth of design. He is just one of seven people to become a Master Architect and is the only one to have received this honor in the 21st century. When it comes to wanting to take architecture to the next level, there is no one as capable as Robert Ivy.