Robert Ivy, FAIA is the current Executive Vice President and the CEO of American Institute of Architects. Ivy was appointed the CEO of AIA in the year 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in English from Sewanee; The University of South. He also has masters in architecture from Tulane University. Ivy was in 2018 named the recipient of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award offered by Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL).
Upon the announcement, Robert Ivy became the first architect going down in history to receive the Polk Award. The award usually recognizes the people living in Mississippi who are connected to art patrons and artist who usually exhibit a commendable body of work over a lifetime when they create, support, perform a form of art. Ivy’s effort to make sure that the general public has access to architecture made him receive this celebrated award.
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According to MIAL president Nancy LaForge, Mr. Ivy involvement architectural work as a dedicated author, writer and as a strong commentator was worth becoming the recipient and the ambassador of the profession. Due to his continued efforts, Ivy joined the list of the small group of people who are honorees of the Noel Pork Award. Ivy has been able to make a lot of achievements both professionally and personally, and the award was a crown for it all. Robert Ivy was able to the small list of well-known Mississippi natives to be honored with the same. Some of these names include actor Morgan Freeman, artist Walter Anderson, and others.
Robert Ivy has been AIA Chief Executive Officer since 2011. Throughout his tenure, he has been able to help the organization and increase its global presence. The Institute has its highest membership it’s over one and half-century history. Ivy has assisted a lot of American Architects to practice their profession all across the globe using the 7 global chapters from the AIA.
The national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho had earlier honored Ivy as Master Architect for his efforts in driving clearly the value of design. Ivy has a designation master architect which he happens to share with other iconic architects like Mies Van der Rohe, I.M Pei, and others. He is among the only seven to have received this kind of honor in the last century and the only one in the 21st century. Ivy also in 2017 got a Dean’s medal in the University of Arkansas School architecture.
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