The name Robert Ivy, FAIA is a household name when it comes to architecture and design. As a result of his exceptional work performance and ethics, he has received recognition from the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). Due to his exemplary performance, he is the Chief Executive Officer of The American Institute of Architects and holding such portfolio shows the capability of the individual. He is the first architect to receive the coveted Polk award which is normally given to the living Mississippi connected arts and artists’ patron whose work over their lifetime has created special impact and it’s worthy. Robert Ivy joins a special group of few distinguished individuals who have received the Polk Award. Among the distinguished individuals are writer Eudora, Shelby Foote, Morgan Freeman and singer Leontyne Price.
According to MIAL President Nancy LaForge, there is no one better than Roberts Ivy in ensuring that architecture is more accessible to the whole public in Mississippi rather than him. As a result of his role in authoring and commentary on architecture aspects across the globe he truly deserves to be recognized with a Polk Award. The CEO of AIA from 2011 also praises the high expertise and credibility which Robert portrays in the authoring and editing as well as practicing architect.
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Before joining the AIA in 2011, Ivy was the Editor-in-Chief of one of the leading publishers known as McGraw-Hill Architectural Record. It is during his tenure that the publisher stamped its authority on the ground becoming a global leader in the architectural market. Under his leadership, the firm scooped several awards such as the National Magazine Award for General Excellence according to wikipedia.org. During his tenure in McGraw-Hill design, he enabled the company to break into foreign markets such as the Chinese and the Middle East leading to an increase in revenue generation.
Currently, Ivy is the Chief executive Officer of America Institute of Architects which has benefited significantly from his management skills, and as a result, the body has registered the highest numbers since its inception. Therefore American architects are practicing all over across the globe compared to the previous years. AIA is a group of architects and designer around the US. Due to his ability to communicate effectively on the value of design, he was honored by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi. Recently he was the recipient of coveted Deans Medal from University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture. His achievements supersede other individuals in the architecture field, and as a result, he continues to receive more awards and recognition.