Robert Ivy

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Robert Ivy, is the current Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Recently, he was awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. He is an editor, author, and practicing architect.

The award to Robert Ivy by Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters was the first time it was given to an architect. The institute recognizes art patrons and artists who have performed exemplary in their career. To this end, the organization recognizes rewards lifetime achievement in performing, creating and supporting art. Robert joined a club of distinguished Mississippians who have been honored for their work including Eudoro Welty, Morgan Freeman, Walter Anderson, Leontyne Price, and Shelby Foote. Find out more about Robert on Tulane School of Architecture.

Before 2011 when he joined AIA, Mr. Ivy was the Editor-in-Chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. Under Robert, the Architectural Records became one of the largest architectural journal globally. As a result, the company garnered several awards such as the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He also helped the company build a subsidiary in China. The company experienced a phenomenal growth in the Middle East and China.

Other awards that Robert Ivy has received include the Crain Award in 2009 which is the highest recognition by the American Business Media. In 1998, the McGraw Hill awarded him the Management Excellence Award in 1998. He was also a senior fellow at the Design Futures Council.

Robert Ivy, attended Sewenee: The University of the South earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then attended Tulane University receiving a Master of Architecture. Before becoming an architect, Robert Ivy served in the US Navy.

The American Institute of Architects was established in 1857 with the aim of creating a more valuable, sustainable, and secure buildings, communities, and neighborhoods. The organization has more than 200 state, international, and local chapters. It advocates for development of favorable public policies which promote public wellbeing and economic vitality,

All the members of the organization must adhere to the code of conduct and ethics so as to ensure the highest standard in their professional work. It also provides the members with the resources and tools they need in their business and careers. To ensure that it is successful, the organization engages government and civic leaders to find solutions to various issues that face institutions, communities, and the world.

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