Robert Ivy: Recognition for a Lifetime of Work in Architecture

On June 2nd Robert Ivy received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award alongside fellow recipient and stain-glass artist Andrew Cary Young. Though far from his first recognition for his talent and enthusiasm for the art of architecture Ivy said at the ceremony that “…There is no greater honor than to be recognized by my home state…” He went on to say that sharing the award with so many of his childhood heroes from Mississippi was a part of that honor. He credited Mississippi with introducing him to art and architecture.

The first architect to receive the award in its history, Robert Ivy has been decorated for his work in architecture before. He was given the title of “Master Architect” by nation architectural fraternity Alpha Ro Chi. Ivy is the first and so far only architect to be given this award in the 21st century. He is also only of seven architects to ever receive this prestigious title alongside such architectural luminaries such as I.M. Pei and R Buckminster Fuller.Ivy received his education at Sewanee and then from Tulane University in Louisiana. Robert Ivy has also has a Fellowship from The American Institute of Architects of which he is also the Executive Vice President and the Chief Executive Officer.

During his time there he has increased the organizations public profile and it has attained its highest membership since its founding 160 years ago in 1857.Before he joined The American Institute of Architect Robert Ivy worked for McGraw-Hill Publishing. He served as Editor In Chief of “Architectural Record” which became the most widely circulated architectural magazine on the globe. He also helped McGraw-hill expand into markets in the Middle East and China. He also founded the mandarin language edition of “Architectural Record.”Robert Ivy is also well known for his biography of Frank Lloyd Wright devotee Fay Jones. Published in 2001 and titled “Fay Jones” Architect” the book is currently on its third printing. He was also honored with the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture in 2017.

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