Everybody loves to live in beautiful spaces, but very few recognize that creating that space is often a process which draws from art. Architects are credited with designing our living spaces, which can look phenomenal. However, they are very, rarely recognized for their artistic expression. This anomaly is slowly changing as is witnessed by Robert Ivy.
On June 2018, Robert Ivy who is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). It is not, just any other award. It’s a huge deal. It’s the first time an architect has received the award. The Polk award is usually reserved for Mississippi connected artists and art patrons whose work is considered extraordinary and worthy of special recognition. Robert joins this distinguished hall of fame graced by artists like writers Eudora Welty and Shelby Foote, actor Morgan Freeman, artist Walter Anderson and Singer Leontyne Price. See more articles at archinect.com
Robert Ivy is considered one of the best architects. His academic and professional achievements are quite a feat. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee: The University of the South and a Masters of Architecture degree from Tulane University. Before joining AIA in 2011, he was editor in chief of McGraw-Hills Architectural Record. Under his leadership, it became the most widely distributed architectural journal worldwide. It garnered awards like the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Robert Ivy also led McGraw-Hills design and construction media during its phenomenal growth sprout, which saw him launch the Mandarin version of architectural record.
Robert Ivy’s acclaimed biography Fay Jones in 2001, is now in its third edition.
His professional accolades which include writer and commentator on architecture worldwide are just a tip of the iceberg. He is best known for making architecture more accessible to the general public. In his capacity at the AIA, he is recognized for expanding the global influence of the organization and leading the participation, seen by an increment in membership numbers, now considered the highest in the organization’s 160-year history.