Robert Ivy, the former chief editor of McGraw Hill’s Architectural Record, has been recognized by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters to receive the Noel Polk lifetime achievement award in June this year together with Andrew Carry young, a designer for stained glass. Robert has joined the ranks of the previously recognized Noel Polk holders like Morgan Freeman who was awarded in 2007, Eudora Welty who was given in 2001 and Shelby forte who was granted in 2004. Robert Ivy is the first architect to win the award that has always gone to living Mississippi artists and contributors with excellent works of creativity.
The American Institute of Architecture CEO graduated with a bachelor of arts in English from the University of the south, Sewanee and holds a masters in Architecture from Tulane University. He started his career serving as an officer in the US Navy before he joined McGraw Hill’s architectural record. While serving as the editor¬¬-in-chief, he steered the company to collecting awards like the National Magazine award that was recognized for general excellence and led a successful launch of a mandarin version of the record in middle east and China.
Robert Ivy has won several professional commendations rendering him one of the most recognized architects in America. In 2017, he was awarded the Dean’s medal from the University of Arkansas, Fay Jones school of architecture. In addition to this, he has been categorized by the national architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi among only seven individuals to have the master architect title and only architect in the 21st century after refining the significance of design.
As the Chief executive officer of the AIA, he has driven the non-profit organization to attain a global level, expanding its membership to about 90,000 nations in Europe, U.S, Canada, and Asia. Robert has had admirable personnel recommending him for his dedication to the profession. For instance, the MIAL president, Nancy LaForge said that Robert Ivy was a fantastic author with extensive knowledge of architecture has made it achievable to the people of Mississippi in the most uncomplicated way. Carl Elefante, the AIA president, couldn’t agree less and stated that Robert Ivy deserved the award for being an exemplary ambassador for both architecture and the organization.