Robert Ivy: A Lifetime Of Education In Architecture

Robert Ivy is the EVP and CEO of the American Institute of Architects. In addition to being an active architect, Ivy has dedicated his life to making the world of architecture accessible to all. For this work he was recently awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those artists with a connection to Mississippi who make vast contributions to society. Robert Ivy is the first architect to be honored with the award. His beautiful architecture and his drive to make styles of architecture available for all has earned him this nomination.

Before joining the American Institute of Architects, Ivy was the editor in chief for Architectural Record, an architectural journal published by the education mogul McGraw-Hill. Under his leadership the publication reached record subscription and distribution numbers. He also created a Mandarin version during the construction boom in China.

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In 2001 Robert Ivy published the book Fay Jones: Architect. The educational piece of work highlighted the accomplishments of Fay Jones, with beautiful photographs of the architecture of this genius. In the book Ivy makes a wonderful effort to examine the details of this architecture and outlines why the architect was so great. The book is in its third edition and educates people worldwide in architecture.

In all of these ways Robert Ivy has brought education of architecture to the masses. He has won other awards related to his ability to educate about architecture in a way understandable by all. He has been recognized by both the architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi and by the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture for his communication and education of architectural design.

With this new award, Robert Ivy has distinguished himself as not only an architect, but as an artist. His contributions to the art and history of architecture will live on for centuries.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in English and a Masters in Architecture. He studied at Sewanee: The University of the South. Robert Ivy then attended Tulane University in Louisiana. He continued to gain experience working for several architectural publications. This prepared him for his years of advocacy for the AIA being their CEO.

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