Robert Ivy: The Super Ambassador of Architecture

The recent recognition of Robert Ivy, the CEO and executive vice president of AIA (American Institute of Architects), by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL), was historic. The recognition, marked by the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, which is to be awarded later in June, was the first among architects. The award is normally given to Mississippi-connected artists and art patrons. Usually, the special award is given to individuals in honor of their lifetime efforts of performing, creating and generally supporting art. Previous honorees of this award include writers, artists, and singers. Having this award go to an architect comes as great news to fellow architects, whose works have now caught the eyes of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

Robert has been heaped with praises by AIA’s president Carl Elefante as a worthy ambassador of his profession. Topping up his brilliant architectural career he is an author and editor; this award was a deserved crown for both his professional and personal achievements. MIAL’s president Nancy LaForge recognized Robert as one of the best at making architecture more accessible to the general public, therefore handing him his well-deserved award and writing his name among other Noel Polk Award honorees.

Robert Ivy has been relentless in making big moves in the architectural world. Throughout his career, he has been passionate about serving as an example to fellow architects. Formerly the Editor-in-Chief of McGraw-Hill’s Record, Robert Ivy was responsible for making the Architectural Record the most disseminated architectural journal worldwide. He did not only make a name for him but also attracted many awards including the National Magazine Award. Robert, a man who seemingly deserves every praise he gets, also led the McGraw-Hill’s design and construction media by launching a Mandarin version of the magazine ‘Architectural Record,’ leading to McGraw-Hill’s explosive growth in China.

Robert has further placed the footprint of AIA in a global position, enabling American architects to practice anywhere in the world, through the aid of seven global chapters of AIA. He has been effective in communicating the value of design. The architectural field has surely been graced to have revolutionary leaders such as Robert Ivy, who thoroughly deserves the accolade to be presented to him later in the year.The role played by the Robert cannot be underestimated since he has changed the field of architecture.America architectures are recognized across the world because of the influence of Robert.

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