Robert Ivy Is Presented A Prestigious Mississippi Award

Robert Ivy, FAIA, was recently honored by his home state’s Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. This organization gave him their Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given to artists and art patrons who are both living and connected to the state of Mississippi. These people have either created, performed, or supported art in such a way that is extraordinary in nature. Very few people have won this award.

Some of those who have are actor Morgan Freeman, who won this in 2007, and singer Leontyne Price who won in 2000. Robert Ivy is the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Institute of Architects.

Nancy LaForge, the president of MIAL, said that nobody has done as much work to make architecture accessible to people as Robert Ivy has done. She stated it was his writing and commentating on architecture for many years as the reason that he was selected for this prestigious award. The president of the AIA, Carl Elefante, also said that he saw Robert Ivy winning this award as one of the crowning achievements of his career. He also congratulated Robert Ivy on the win.

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Before Ivy joined the AIA in 2011 he worked for many years for McGraw-Hill. He was the editor-in-chief of this companies Architectural Record. Under his leadership this publication became the most widely read architectural magazine in the world. It also won a number of awards while he was editing it. Additionally, he wrote Fay Jones: Architect which is regarded as the definitive accounting of this famous architects life. Fay Jones had been mentored by the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright early in his career.

After earning an English degree at the University of the South he went to Tulane University, graduating with a masters in architecture in 1976. He worked as an architect for many years while also writing and commenting about the industry on the side. This experience led to him being hired by McGraw-Hill Companies in 1996. Since starting at the AIA he has been focused on modernizing this professional organization and committing to helping architects make great design decisions that improve the health of the general public. His role also includes advocating for architects with both the general public as well as their representatives in Washington D.C. and other stake holders.

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