Robert Ivy who is the CEO and EVP of the American Institue of Architects, was given the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This is such a great honor and is very much well deserved. He made history being the first architect to receive it since this award has only been given to artists and patrons of the arts. Ivy’s selection for the award was praise by AIA President Carl Elefante. He calls him “a worthy ambassador of the profession”. This was a personal achievement for Robert Ivy, who is also from Mississippi. The Mississippi Institute of Arts and letters hosted the event on June 2. He made architecture more accessible to the general public according to Mississippi Institute’s President Nancy LaForge.
Robert Ivy worked hard at his craft and has made the architectural community proud. Something like this is obtainable for anybody innovative enough to step out of their comfort zone and run with it. Robert Ivy who is an author in his own right was Editor-in-Chief of the Magraw-Hill Architectural Record. Under his leadership, the publication became known worldwide and grabbed plenty of rewards as a result. One of them was the National Magazine Award For General Excellence. Robert Ivy was also responsible for leading the construction and design media for Magraw-Hill. This led to lots of growth in China.
It was written in Maderin and was also published for the Middle East. Ivy printed and an autobiography called Fay Jones: Architect. It did so well that it is now in its third edition. The book is about his work and life but also how he was a devotee to Frank Lloyd Wright. The Art Library Society of North America stated that the book had high standards of design, production, and scholarship. In other words, the book was fantastic. Ivy has achieved so much in his life and it is not over yet. There is still much more to do. There are other awards out there with his name on them. Ivy will continue to strive for excellence. The architectural world is honored to have this man.