The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) recently honored Robert Ivy with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This marks the first time MIAL has ever given the Polk Award to an Architect, usually given to Mississippian artists and performers of the magnitude of Morgan Freeman and Shelby Foote. The award is shared by Ivy with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in which he currently holds the positions of Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer.
Aside from his current position at AIA as CEO, Robert has an outstanding history in architecture, having held numerous executive positions and working as writer and commentator globally. Highlights of his career date back to 1981, where he served as a principal at Ivy Architects and partner at Dean/Dale. He spent almost a decade and a half successfully holding these positions, ending in 1996. During the mid 90’s he acquired the position of Editor in Chief of Architectural Record, a magazine dedicated to architecture, design, and education, owned by McGraw Hill Construction. In the same year, he also took the positions of Vice President and Editorial Director at McGraw Hill Construction Media.
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It is not the first time Robert receives an award or recognition, in 2009 he received the Crain Award. The Crain Award is the highest possible award given by the American Business Media association.Ivy has over and over proven his capabilities as a prominent leader, having led several companies not only to succeed but to also gain worldwide recognition. He currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of the South as well as a Masters of Architecture received from Tulane University according to mswritersandmusicians.com. He has been praised as a Master Architect by the Alpha Rho Chi, a national architecture fraternity which he happens to be a member of.