Robert Ivy is the CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) from 2011. He is also Executive Vice President of the Institute. He is the first architect to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to improve public health and amenities using architecture and design.
Robert Ivy is a native of Mississippi. He attended the Tulane University and obtained a Master’s degree in Architecture. He also attended Sewanee: The University of the South and earned a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) in English. He became the Editor in Chief of the publication, Architectural Record in 1996. He was also Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media that publishes several well-known architectural journals and magazines including Greensource: the Magazine of Sustainable Design.
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The focus of Robert Ivy through his publications is to encourage architects to improve the public health and welfare of the public through innovative design. He encourages them to collaborate with software programmers to improve their designs. He wants building design to encourage exercise and to ensure that the residents get sunlight, clean water and fresh air. He wants health promoting materials used during construction. He believes that innovative architecture can improve the health and welfare of the public.
Robert Ivy has received many accolades for his achievements. He has received the designation of Master Architect by the national architecture fraternity- Alpha Ro Chi. He received the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.
Ivy’s commitment to public welfare has earned him the Polk Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. The award recognizes living artists and art patrons who are natives of Mississippi and have provided an extraordinary contribution to arts in their lifetime. Renowned recipients of the award include actor Morgan Freeman, Singer Leontyne Price and writer Eudora Welty. The Institute is honoring him for his expertise as a writer, commentator and author in architecture who has contributed to encouraging innovative public focused design worldwide. The president of the American Institute of Architecture, Carl Elefante has described him as a worthy ambassador for the profession while praising his selection as the first architect to be the award honoree.
CEO of AIA, Robert Ivy and stained glass designer Andrew Cary Young of Pearl River Glass Studio received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award on the 2nd of June 2018 at a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters event.