Columbus, Mississippi native Robert Ivy was recently honored by the Mississippi Institute of Art and Letters (MIAL). His exceptional career was recognized at an awards ceremony in June 2018 where he was presented with the Noel Poke Lifetime Achievement Award. Historically the award is given to artists or patrons of the arts who are in some way closely connected to the state of Mississippi. He is the first architect to receive the prestigious honor.
The presentation of the Noel Polk Award is not the first time that Ivy’s talent and professional dedication has been recognized publicly. During his tenure as editor the Architectural Record received numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence given by the American Society of Magazine Editors, over 20 Jesse H. Neal Awards, the Premier Magazine Journalism Award, and many others. Find out more about Robert Ivy at mswritersandmusicians.com
Robert Ivy has also received individual recognition by many organizations. In 2010 the national architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, commended Ivy’s influence in promoting the value of design and designated him as a master architect. The American Business Media honored him in 2009 with the Crain Award. The Art Library Society of North America praised the biography of architect Fay Jones written by Ivy and published in 2001.
Robert Ivy, FAIA, currently applies his unique set of skills, experience, and talents at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as Executive Vice President and CEO. His colleagues at AIA credit him with expanding AIA globally and also having a strong influence in recruiting new members since he joined the leadership team in 2011. The AIA membership is currently at an all-time high since its inception 160 years ago.
Ivy’s dedication the world of architecture has spanned several decades and encompassed a variety of disciplines. Since graduating from the Tulane School of Architecture with a master’s degree, Robert Ivy has excelled as a practicing architect, editor, author, and executive. He can rightly be called an ambassador for the profession of architecture.