Robert Ivy: Mississippi’s Architect

The Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters has announced that architect Robert Ivy will be a 2018 recipient of its Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Ivy is the first architect to receive this award. The award was created to honor the contributions of Mississippians to art. Past winners include Morgan Freeman and Eudora Welty.

As the CEO of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robert Ivy has devoted much of his career to writing and commenting on national and international architecture and design. The institute dedicates its resources to the construction of safe, healthy, and sustainable homes and communities while advocating for policy in support of this mission. Prior to joining AIA, Ivy’s tenure as editor of Architectural Record saw the periodical grow to become the most circulated architectural journal on the planet. Not one to rest on his laurels, Robert Ivy jumped right in to his leadership role at AIA, with a vision that has seen the Institute’s membership swell to the largest levels in its history.

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Robert Ivy served as an officer in the United States Navy prior to completing his undergraduate studies in English at Sewanee: The University of the South. It was his graduate program at Tulane University that led him down his current trajectory, graduating with a Master of Architecture degree.

This isn’t the architect’s first brush with awards and recognition. Robert Ivy has also merited a National Magazine Award from his time at Architectural Record and a Master Architect designation bestowed by Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity, placing him in the esteemed company of international visionaries like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and I.M. Pei. Additionally, Ivy was a 2017 recipient of the Dean’s Medal at the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.

That last award came of the result of one Robert Ivy’s more recent projects: a biography and survey of the work of architect Fay Jones. The book, Fay Jones: Architect, focusing on Jones’s career as an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, has been cited by the Art Library Society of North America for achieving the “highest standards of scholarship, design, and production.”

Success, awards, recognition, there’s really only one question left for the architect from Mississippi: what’s next for Robert Ivy?

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