Robert Ivy who is currently the executive vice president and the CEO of the American Institute of Architects has been chosen to receive the prestigious Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. This is an award that is given to those from the state of Mississippi who are artists or who have supported the arts in a significant way throughout their lives and careers. Some of the people who are past winners of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award are Shelby Foote, Walter Anderson and the writer Eudora Welty.

Robert Ivy began his studies at Sewanee University where he received a bachelor’s degree in English. From there, he went on to receive a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University. Mr. Ivy also served in the United States Navy.

Robert Ivy is noted for his work as an architectural journalist and writer. During the course of his career, Mr. Ivy served as editor-in-chief of Architectural Record. While serving in this position, the magazine received numerous awards for its design and content. The magazine was also able to expand its presence around the world including to countries in the Middle East and to China. An edition of the magazine was eventually published in the Mandarin language.

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In 2001, Robert Ivy wrote a biography of the famous architect Fay Jones who was a follower of the style of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Art Library Society of North America found Mr. Ivy’s book on Fay Jones to be a well-done book in both presentation and information provided.

In 2011, Robert Ivy came to the American Institute of Architects. Since he began his tenure at that organization, Mr. Ivy has worked to raise the profile of the organization. He has worked to bring awareness of the work of American architects to those in other nations.

Since becoming the CEO of the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Ivy has been instrumental in increasing the membership of that organization. Currently, the organization has the most members in the history of the organization.

Over the course of his life, Mr. Ivy has been the recipient of numerous awards. He has been recognized with the designation of Master Architect. Mr. Ivy has also received the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.

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