In June of 2018, Mississippi-born architect Robert Ivy became the latest recipient of the prestigious Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, making this the first time that someone in his industry was given such an honor. The Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects has been in the building design business for decades, and has held editorial positions at companies like Architectural Record and McGraw-Hill Construction Media, where he won an award for excellence in management in 1998. Find out more about Robert Ivy at mswritersandmusicians.com
Before becoming a talented architect, Robert Ivy attended Sewanee: The University of the South and earned a BA degree in English. He also went to Tulane University and received his training and Master’s degree in architecture. After graduating from college, he served in the U.S. military as a navy officer. In addition to his work as a builder, Robert Ivy is also an author who wrote a biography called Fay Jones: Architect, which was published in 2001, and he gives commentary on things related to architecture all over the world.
In 2009, Robert Ivy won the Crain Award, American Business Media’s highest recognition, and in 2010, he won the Alpha Rho Chi fraternity’s Master Architect Award, which was an award that other famous architects like Mies van der Rohe and I.M. Pei previously received from the group. His Lifetime Achievement Award puts him in the company of actors, writers, painters and singers like Morgan Freeman, Shelby Foote, Walter Anderson and opera star Leontyne Price, who all won the award in the past, and he expressed how honored and humbled he was to be getting the award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, since the organization is located in his home state.
With a goal of creating safe, valuable and healthy buildings, neighborhoods and communities, the company that he runs, the American Institute of Architects, which was founded in 1857, has more than 200 international, state and local chapters. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of the AIA since 2011, and he continues to write about and give commentary on the subject of architecture. His book Fay Jones: Architect is now in its 3rd edition.