Robert Ivy Gets Ready To Receive The Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Ivy is set to make history when he receives the Noel Pork Award. The Lifetime Achievement award had been a reserve of excellent art patrons who have a connection with Mississippi. Morgan Freeman (2007), Leontyne Price (2000) and Shelby Foote (2004) are some of the previous recipients of the award. The AIA chief executive officer has opened the door for architects to join the list of actors and writers considered for the award.

MIAL’s president believes that Robert Ivy has exposed the public to architecture more than anyone else before him. Nancy LaForge further stated that the excellence with which the homegrown architect presents his architectural opinions earned him a place among the elites of Mississippi.

Carl Elefante, AIA’s president, describes Robert as an exceptional ambassador of architecture. Having served as the institute’s chief executive since 2011, he has brushed shoulders with top architects and earned his place among the very best.

Ivy oversaw the rapid growth of McGraw Hill Architectural journal while serving as its chief editor. His efforts saw the journal receive global recognition. He also worked on its media platform. He designed and authored Fay Jones, an architectural biography that recently released its 3rd edition.


The AIA boasts of a rich history that spun through more than 160 years. Robert Ivy has been at the heart of its greatest success. He has worked together with his team to create numerous chapters in different countries across the world making it possible for American architects to work in other countries.

The accomplished architect started out as a Navy officer. He studied English for his undergraduate degree and did a Masters degree in Architecture at Tulane University. The University of Arkansas honored Robert Ivy with the Dean’s Medal. He efficiently conveyed the impact of architectural design and Alpha Rho Chi rewarded him for his troubles. I.M. Pei and Mies van Rohe are the among the other recipients of this award.

MIAL which receives its funding from Higher Learning Institutions from Mississippi also acknowledges exceptional creativity in various professional fields. This has encouraged better service delivery within Mississippi.

AIA has been in existence since 1857 and has been involved in the provision of better housing for Americans. With the public interests at heart the institute champions policies that will improve the lives of individuals. They have partnered with the government as well as the civil society to make America a better place. Their employees get to enjoy resources necessary to execute their functions professionally and grow their career at the same time.

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Robert Ivy Receives Lifetime Achievment Award

Robert Ivy is the current Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He holds a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University and a Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of the South.

Before joining the AIA Ivy had made tremendous accomplishments in his career. He contributed greatly to the growth of the Architectural Record which made it the most read architectural journal when he was working as the Editor-In-Chief, Editorial Director and the Vice President of McGraw Hill Construction. He could also address the political and social issues on how the built environment and the impact of architecture on climate. During his reign, the Architectural Record won several awards such as the premier magazine award. He was also voted as the “Master Architect” by the National Architecture Fraternity for his excellent communication skills he used in communicating the value of Design.

Since his appointment as the EVP and CEO of AIA in 2011, Robert Ivy has mainly focused on addressing two major issues, that is , the role of architects in the society and the future of architecture. In 2012, during an Annual meeting in Clinton Global initiative, he rolled out a plan that would see AIA dedicate ten years in designing programs such as community planning, research grants and digital programs that would help in improving public health. His efforts to create awareness and understanding on essential roles that architectures play in the society has placed AIA in a better position to address the socio-economic and creative challenges facing architecture.

Robert Ivy’s remarkable accomplishments and professionalism at the AIA have not gone unrecognized. In April 2018, he was honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) and he will be officially acknowledged in 2ND June. He became the first architect to win this award which recognizes the existing artists and art patrons with extraordinary lifetime accomplishments in creating, performing and supporting art in Mississippi. Nancy LaForge, the President of MIAL acknowledged that Ivy had been honored for his exceptional efforts in ensuring that architecture was easily accessible to the general public in Mississippi. LaForge further added that as an acclaimed writer, author on global architecture Ivy deserved to be highly admired list of the Noel Polk Award honorees. Carl Elefante, FAIA, the AIA president hailed Robert Ivy as a worthy ambassador of the architect profession sighting that the award was a clear indicator of his personal and professional achievements.

Under his reign, AIA has been established as global organization and it has the a record high membership level since its establishment 160 years ago.

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