Robert Ivy Receives Recognition For Great Career

Robert Ivy, the executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), has built an impressive and successful career. Throughout his career his work has been recognized and celebrated.

Recently Ivy received the highest honor of his career when he was awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This high honor is given out annually by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). The award recognizes people who have created a lifetime of success in the art through performing, creating or supporting. The CEO of AIA is the first architect ever to receive the award and is among only a select few artists from Mississippi who have received this award. That list of people includes writer Eudora Welty, artist Walter Anderson and well known actor Morgan Freeman.

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A graduate of Tulane University, Robert Ivy has received high praise from those around the architecture industry. MIAL President Nancy LaForge believes no one is better when it comes to making architecture more accessible to those who are in the general public. AIA President Carl Elefante also spoke very highly of Ivy saying he is s an ambassador for our profession. Ivy has a wide array of skills including working as an author, commentator and a practicing architect. Ivy also has experience as the former editor-in-chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. While working there, he also led McGraw-Hill’s design and construction media during its growth in China.

This is not the first time Robert Ivy has been recognized for his accomplishments. His work with Architectural Record earned him a number of honors including the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence. The Architectural Record earned a large number of awards including 7 Ozzies, 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards and he 2008 MPA Digital Award for Website of the Year: Enthusiast.

Robert Ivy’s recognition does not stop there. In 2009 he was given the the Crain Award. A few years earlier he was recognized by his former company McGraw-Hill when he received the McGraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence. Robert Ivy had the high honor of being named a ‘Master Architect.’ This honor, given by the fraternity has only been given to a total of seven architects. Ivy is the only one to receive the award in the 21st century. His work has clearly made a huge impact amongst a large number of people.

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