Robert Ivy is the executive vice president and CEO of American Institute of Architects. He has received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The MIAL awarded him and this is the first time the Polk Award has been given to an architect. This award goes to living Mississippi related artists and patrons who have given extraordinary effort and support to art. Previous mentions include write Eudora Welty, artist Walter Anderson, and actor Morgan Freeman. Read more about Robert Ivy on Crunchbase.
Why He Was Chosen
Robert Ivy is considered unique in the way he makes architecture reachable for the public. He is an author and commentator on architecture globally and now he has a spot on the list of Polk Award recipients. AIA President Carl Elefante says that Ivy is worthy of the award and he deserves it as a Mississippi native. Carl is very happy to congratulate him for receiving this award. Since 2011 when Ivy started working with AIA he has grown the worldwide presence of the firm and today it has the highest numbers in membership ever of its 160 year existence. American architects are working globally now with the assistance of seven worldwide chapters of the AIA.
About The Recipient
Before he joined the AIA, Ivy was the editor-in-chief of the Architectural Record, published by McGraw-Hill. The publication received global recognition and earned several awards. He was also in charge of the construction and design publication when it expanded to China. He started a Mandarin side of the publication. Robert Ivy released his biography “Fay Jones: Architect” in 2001. The book highlights the architect’s work and has been cited for its design production and scholarship standards. Robert Ivy has been honored by Alpha Rho Chi because of his effectiveness in getting across to people the importance of design. He is one of the seven people in the 100 year history of the fraternity to receive the Master Architect honor. He has been the only architect to be selected in the 21st century. In 2017 he was also awarded the Dean’s Medal by the Fay Jones School of Architecture located at the University of Arkansas.