The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award Raises Robert Ivy’s Stature In The Architectural Sector

On June 2nd, Robert Ivy received a Noel Polk Award that marked the highlight of his career in 2018. The architect is the first from his profession to earn the honor from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) which is given to artists from Mississippi who have excellent creative works or display immense support for creativity. He received the award together with Andrew Young who is a stained-glass designer at the Pearl River Glass Studio. Robert joins the ranks of previous celebrated honorees like famous actor Morgan Freeman, singer Leontyne price and author Eudora Welty.

Robert Ivy has displayed great passion and devotion to his work in the course of his career. As AIA’s executive vice president, he has stretched the organization’s influence globally and led it to attain its highest membership levels. Before he started working at AIA, Robert was a senior editor for the Architectural Record at McGraw Hill. He successfully led the firm’s growth in the Middle East and China where he debuted a Mandarin copy of the Architectural Record. He also steered the Magazine to become the most disseminated architectural magazine in the world. Under his guidance, the architectural Record won many awards including the National Magazine Award for Excellence.

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Robert Ivy is the author of Fay Jones biography. It is in its third edition, and it demonstrates the works of an American architect who was a supporter of Rank Wright. Robert has received many accolades for his works during his career. He was recognized as a Master Architect by the Alpha Rio Chi national fraternity of architects in 2010. He was also distinguished with a Dean’s Medal by the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.

Nancy LaForge and Carl Elefante are among the notable personalities that applauded Robert Ivy for his accomplishment. Nancy who is the president of MIAL pointed out in a press release that Robert deserved to be acknowledged for his initiatives as a writer and speaker to bring architecture closer to the public. Carl Elefante also congratulated the Tulane University alumnus for his excellent work in representing the architectural community well.

Robert A. Ivy – Master Architect, Author, Editor, E. V. P., CEO

Mr. Robert A. Ivy attended Tulane University from 1973 through 1976, attaining a Master of Architecture degree. He also holds a BA, Cum Laud, in English and minored in French, at the University of The South: Sewanee, from 1965 thru 1969. Mr. Ivy was with McGraw-Hill from 1996 through 2011, working in construction and construction design publications such as Engineering News Record, Architectural Record, Constructor, HQ, and other publications, plus kept up with 17 websites.

With all this on his to-do list, Mr. Ivy still had time be at the helm of the architectural journal, Architectural Record, as Editor in Chief. From there he became the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in February of 2011.

Robert Ivy, after accepting the leadership of American Institute of Architects, began two probes into the persona of architects’ function in society and into what the future holds for architecture and architects. Robert Ivy dedicated AIA to a ten-year campaign to enable designs to become an accelerator, to help better public health with grants, residential planning, and digital programs. Mr. Ivy made these commitments at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in 2012.

Mr. Ivy also became a noted spokesman for important architectural issues, including modernizing AIA in order to gain support for architecture’s future. Architectural Record has won many awards while under Robert Ivy’s leadership. Among them are 26 Jessie H. Neal Awards given for magazine journalism. The American Society of Magazine also presented Architectural Record with the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, bestowed by The American Society of Magazine Editors.

Robert Ivy was granted the G. D. Crain Award, in recognition of his years of editorial contributions in the business sector, in 2009. Mr. Ivy was named “Master Architect” by Alpha Rho Chi, a national architect fraternity, in 2010, for his conveying of the importance of design in the fraternity and to the world in general. Robert Ivy has been a U. S. Commissioner with the Venice Architecture Biennial three times. He is also a member of International Circle of Architecture Critics.

Robert Ivy is also a published book author, including “Fay Jones Jones: Architect”, which was recognized for “highest standards” of scholarship, design, and production.”

To learn more about Robert Ivy, himself, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-ivy-143b741