CEO and EVP of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robert Ivy was awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) in April 2018. Ivy earned his Master’s in Architecture from Tulane University. He became the Editor in Chief of the magazine, Architectural Record in 1996. He also served as Vice President with McGraw-Hill Construction Media, which includes outlets such as SNAP, HQ Magazine, and The Magazine of Sustainable Design. Ivy served as a juror on the national panel that chose Frank Gehry as the designer for the Eisenhower Memorial. Between 1991 and 1996, he served as Principal at numerous national publications including that Dean/Dale.
When he received the Noel Polk, he was praised for his unique ways of making various buildings more accessible to the general public. During Robert Ivy’s time as Editor in Chief of McGraw Hill, Architectural Record became the most widely read publication of the architectural field and won numerous awards. One very smart move that Robert Ivy made was making a Mandarin version available in China during its explosive growth. He also made it available in the Mid-East at the same time.
Follow Robert Ivy on LinkedIn
Robert Ivy is most well-known for his biography of the architect, Fay Jones. The first edition was published in 2001 and he is now working on the third. Fay Jones was also a devotee of Frank Lloyd Wright. Today, the AIA is both a national and an international footprint. It has grown to include Canada, which is one of seven of its international chapters, within its over 155-year history.
CEO of AIA, Robert Ivy has received a previous honor from the Alpha Rho Chi for being an excellent communicator of the value of design. He is one of only seven to receive the Master Architect honor in Alpha Rho Chi’s century-old history. So far, he is the only one to have received it in the 21st century. In 2017, he also received the University of Arkansas Faye Jones School of Architecture’s Dean’s Medal.
One thing that is not as well known about Ivy is that prior to becoming an architect, he joined the Navy. He was promoted up to Naval Officer before leaving. After that, he pursed his Master’s in Architecture from Tulane. He had already earned a B.A. in English from Sewanee.
The MIAL awards recognizes mostly creative individuals in their specific fields and their lifetime achievement award is only occasional. In the past, they have recognized some well-known authors such as Ellen Gilchrist, Richard Ford, and Percy Walker.