Robert Ivy, CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and EVP (Executive Vice President) of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) has won the Lifetime Achievement Award from he Mississippi Institute of Letters and Arts. The recognition is given to artists and patrons of the arts with Mississippi connections. Mr. Ivy is the first architect to be so honored.
CEO Ivy also received praise from the AIA president for this unique honor and called Mr. Ivy a worthy ambassador for the architectural profession. Robert Ivy has been at the helm of the AIA since 2011. In the past Ivy has been awarded the Dean’s Medal from the University Of Arkansas Fay Jones School Of Architecture and the Master Architect designation by the National Fraternity of Architecture Alpha Rho Chi. Past recipients of the Alpha Rho Chi award were I.M.Pei, Richard Buckminster Fuller and Mies van der Rohe. Ivy will receive his award in early June 2018 along with Andrew Cary Young who is a stained glass designer representing Pearl River Glass Studios. The ceremony will take place at the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
Robert Ivy’s educational background includes earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Sewanee: The University of the South in English and from Tulane University, a Master of Architecture degree. His professional background includes being a principal with Dean & Ivy and Dean/Dale as well as being a critic for many national professional publications.
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To his credit, Ivy has helped the AIA grow in members and expand its focus to include educational initiatives, public health and architectural advocacy. His goal is to enhance public awareness of the profession of the relevance and value of all architects. Since taking on the AIA Ivy has streamlined the organization with decision making improvements, creating and developing a state of the art technology infrastructure, as well as an award winning public awareness campaign.
Ivy fins it essential for architects to prepare for the pressing issues of the day including the impact of design on public health, sustainability and climate change. It is important to bring together architects as well as other groups involved in building design and construction to be able to work together effectively and efficiently for the betterment of development and redevelopment.
Together with his professional experience and education background, Ivy has influenced the profession through leadership by example. That is part of his formula of success and how it lead to the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.