For a man who first studied English at Sewanee: The University of the South, you would not expect for him to then Master in Architecture at Tulane University. Two disciplines that, for the most part, could not be more different. Beyond the fact that they both deal with paper and perhaps pencils at some point, Robert Ivy is a man who deserve everything that is coming to him. For on June 2, 2018, the Mississippi Institute of the Arts and Letters will present him with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award as a Mississippi-connected artist and patron of the arts.
This recognition can be considered the culmination of his life thus far, where in the roles he has held, Ivy has acted as a champion for the well-being of the public. In the way he has communicated the importance of design in a field that, in the past, often fell short of making change beyond the physical. Instead, as an architect, he has advocated for a new wave of architects and a manner of speaking.
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It can be argued that his influential career started when he became Editor-in-Chief at McGraw-Hill’s magazine, Architectural Record in 1996. While under his leadership, the Magazine became the worlds most widely available architectural based publication, garnering several notable awards such as the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. While McGraw-Hill’s design and customer media was expanding into parts of China, he introduced the first Mandarin version of the Architectural Record, as well as a version of it in the Middle East.
Robert Ivy is also noted for the biography he wrote, Fay Jones: Architect, which covered the life and works of the famed architect who apprenticed under Frank Lloyd Wright. The Art Library Society of America goes as far as to consider it a standard of work in the field. Ivy, in 2017, was even awarded the Dean’s Medal by the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture of which only six other have been awarded.
After becoming EVP and CEO of the American Institute of Architects, he his leadership has resulted in more its highest level of members since it was founded in 1857. In addition to this accomplishment, AIA now has over 200 international, state and local chapters, far surpassing the expectations of its original founders whilst also standing by the organization’s values and mission. The main headquarters for the organization is located in Washington DC.
Robert Ivy is more than deserving of recognition.
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