A Man Of His Work: Robert Ivy

Achievements are amazing. it makes you feel really good because you worked hard to achieve it may that be a gold medal or even a book published. No matter what it is, your reward for your hard work paid off, and you should be proud.

Robert Ivy is the EVP/Chief Executive Officer at American Institute of Architects, and he recently was rewarded with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

Surprisingly, this marks the first time an architect has been awarded this award. This award is given to Mississippi-connected artists and art patrons whose work on art that are currently alive.

He is not the only one who is distinguished. He joined the list alongside Eudora Welty, an author, in 2001, Morgan Freeman, an actor, in 2007, Shelby Foote, ana author, in 2004, and Leontyne Price, a singer, in 2000.

AIA president Carl Elefante announced in an AIA press release that the award comes as an achievement for him as a native of Mississippi and was honored to award it to Ivy.

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Before Ivy was the Chief Executive Offer at American Institute of Architects, he received his Masters of Architecture from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee: The University of the South. He was later the former Editor-in-Chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. Under Ivy’s administration, it became the most widely spread architectural journal across the globe and generated a number of awards, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He also grew the company in China, where he produced a mandarin version of the record.

In 2010, Ivy was stated as a “Master Architect” by Alpha Rho Chi. This is an honorary title given to a handful of the world’s more well-known architects.

Ivy’s biography “Fay Jones: Architect” was published in 2001, showcasing the work of Fay Jones.

See: https://www.mswritersandmusicians.com/mississippi-writers/robert-ivy