Robert Ivy Of The AIA Earns A Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Ivy is perhaps the most important architect so far of the 21st century. He heads the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as its chief executive officer. He also serves as its executive vice president. He was honored on April 11, 2018, at a Washington D.C. event. During this event, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters presented him with their highly prestigious Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award (MIAL).

Robert Ivy is the first architect to ever receive Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters gives this award to those in the art community have made extraordinary contributions. This can include creating or performing art as well as by supporting artists. It is only given to those who are still living and some of the past winners are the writer Eudora Welty, actor Morgan Freeman, writer Shelby Foote, artist Walter Anderson, and singer Leontyne Price.


Nancy LaForge is the president of MIAL. When announcing why Robert Ivy was selected she talked about how his entire career has been about making architecture better for the general public. She talked about how he has not only designed great architecture but has also written and commented about it for over 25 years. As someone born in Mississippi he has left an indelible mark on his profession as an architect and the broader world, she said.

For several years Robert Ivy worked at McGraw-Hills. He was the editor-in-chief of a number of their architectural publications, chief among them Architectural Record. While Robert Ivy was leading this publication it became the top architectural journal in the world. It also received numerous awards, such as the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Seeing that China was on the verge of achieving enormous growth, he introduced a version of Architectural Record in Mandarin to be used there. He also introduced Architectural Record to architects in the Middle East.

As an author, Robert Ivy wrote the definitive autobiography about Architect Fay Jones. This was titled, “Fay Jones: Architect”. It was released in 2001 and recently went into its third edition. Fay Jones was one of the giants of the 20th century in his field and learned much of his craft from Frank Lloyd Wright. This book has garnered a lot of praise, such as by the Art Library Society of North America. They said this book met the highest standards of production, scholarship, and design.

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