Robert Ivy became the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record in 1996. Since then, Architectural Record has become one of the most decorated architectural journals in the world and has garnered numerous awards under his leadership. Robert ivy is also the CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as of 2011, and is a writer, editor, and practicing architect.
Since Ivy took over as CEO, AIA has grown to host seven global chapters, including one in China and one in Canada, and architects all over the world now practice architecture under the support of the institution. Many AIA executives credit Ivy with the rapid growth of the institute. Ivy himself has also received numerous awards during his career as an editor and an architect. Some of these awards include the national architect fraternity Alpha Rho Chi’s award, Master Architect for effectively communicating the value of design, which is considered a great honor in the architect community.
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His most memorable achievement to date, however, is the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, which is granted by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). The honor is awarded to living artists connected to Mississippi who are active patrons of the arts, and whose body of work over their lifetime of supporting, creating, and performing work is considered extraordinary and worthy of this extremely limited honor. Robert Ivy is the first architect to ever receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, and he now will join the very short list of recipients. Previous recipients include actor Morgan Freeman, who was honored in 2007, author Shelby Foote in 2004, and singer Leontyne Price in the year 2000.
The president of the American Institute of Architects Carl Elefante praised Robert Ivy’s selection and nomination for the award, stating that Ivy has elevated the AIA to new heights of professionalism since he became CEO, and that his work as an architect is remarkable and commendable. MIAL president Nancy LaForge praised Robert Ivy saying that his work when it comes to making architecture accessible and available to the public goes unmatched by any other architect in Mississippi.