Robert Ivy, The Real Master Architect

Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) a nonprofit organization supported by Mississippi Institute of Higher Learning honored the greatest architect of the twenty-first by honoring him with the Noel Polk Lifetime achievement award. Robert ivy is a man that has achieved more than most architect can do in their lifetime. The award encompasses his achievement through his life. In fact, Robert is one among seven Mississippians to receive this award with the short award list featuring the renowned actor like Morgan Freeman. His life could not be scripted any better.

Robert Ivy started his career as an officer in the navy. He later went to Sewanee where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Robert, later on, went to Tulane University where he graduated with a Masters in Architecture which later defined his life.

Robert’s achievement in the architect world is amazing. He is currently an executive Vice president of American Institute of Architect (AIA) which he joined in 2011 and also serves as the AIA’s CEO. Previously before this role, he made a lot of strides at McGraw Hills Architectural Record where he was the editor-in-chief.

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In this role, he received the National Magazine Award which was as a result of his outstanding performance as a practicing architect, editor, and writer. Ivy saw the construction and design media of McGraw Hill’s have a tangible presence in China. It was during this time that Mandarin version of architectural records was launched by him. Additionally, this period also saw the membership record drastically skyrocket despite it having stagnated for 160 years. Another thing he achieved was launching other chapters, 7 to be precise which included China and Canada.

The accolades received by Robert Ivy come from different institutions and organizations according to Apart from the award he received from MIAL he also received awards from University of Arkansas Fay University of architecture. He was honored with The Dean’s Medal which he received in 2017. Robert was also honored as ‘Master Architect’ by Alpha Rho Chi’s National Architecture Fraternity. He stands out among other renowned architects to be honored with this award like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, R. Buckminster Fuller, and I.M. Pei, FAIA. He is one among 7 other people to receive this award in the 100- years history of this award.

Fay Jones is Ivy’s authored autobiography a book that has been cited and used by many architects around the world. Which is the true summary of a legend.

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