Being an architect takes a lot of hard work and they rarely get recognized. Fortunately, Robert Ivy of the American Institute of Architecture is being recognized on a major level. A non-profit organization called the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters gave Robert Ivy an award that recognized a lifetime of achievement. Here is a little history about the successful architect.
Robert Ivy was a officer in the US Army during his younger days. Wanting a formal education he attended Sewanee: The University of the South. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English, but wanted to continue his studies. Robert Ivy achieved his Master of Architecture degree at Tulane University and with that he was ready to hit the architect scene with a sense of freshness. Robert Ivy worked as Editor-in-Chief Architectural Record. With his best foot forward and audacity to think outside the box Mr. Ivy won the hearts of many and many awards at that too, including the National Magazine Award.
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If that’s not impressive his best was yet to come. In 2011 Robert joined The American Institute of Architecture as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. As a leader for the company he has grown it to unbelievable height. For instance they have had the highest membership level in the time its been around since 1857, about 160 years. Alpha Rho Chi, national architecture fraternity, named Robert “Master Architect“. That’s not all Mr. Ivy received the Dean’s Metal from the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.
Interestingly enough the award winning architect authored a book that was recognized as having highest of standards. “Fay Jones: Architecture” was published in 2001 and is well loved. In fact, it is on its third edition. Winning the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award has to certainly be the cherry on the cake and the biggest honor for Robert Ivy to date. Even his colleague, Carl Elefante, President of American Institute of Architecture called Mr. Ivy very deserving of the honor. The editor, author, and practicing architect has much more life in him and continues to grow everyday. This incredible award has been given to artists and art patrons, but never an architect. This will be a first. Robert Ivy will be honored with his award on June 2nd, along with stained-glass artist Andrew Cary Young. His studio Pearl River Glass Studio is located in Jackson, Mississippi.