From Navy To Lifetime Achievement: Robert Ivy

In 2011, Robert Ivy was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architecture, role fit for a well seasoned leader. Before his appointment, Ivy was Vice President at McGraw-Hill and Editor-in-Chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. With strong working ethics and a philosophy that would echo that of an evolving industry, Ivy oversaw the companies growth and that of their well regarded magazine. Winning several awards for their work, under his leadership, the most notable was the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He also helped to introduce a Mandarin version of Architectural Record in China as well as a separate version in the Middle East.

Adding to his already impression Record, on June 2, Robert Ivy will be presented with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. The occasion will mark the first time an architect has been honored with the award, adding him to a hand full of others who have also been awarded. The requirements? An individual with Mississippi-connections (Ivy is from Mississippi), and who has created, performed and/or supported the arts deserving of honorable recognition.

When it comes to Robert Ivy, he is a prime example of such, counted among the likes of actor Morgan Freeman, writer Eudora Welty, and singer Leontyne Price, to name a few.

Ivy has previously been recognized by Alpha Rho Chi, a National Architectural Fraternity, dubbed a “Master Architect” for his work in the field. He has also been recognized by the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture with the Dean’s Medal.

Outside of his extensive architectural career and editorial prowess, Robert Ivy is the author of a highly regarded biography, Fay Jones: Architect, currently in its third Edition. It has been called the standard for scholars, production, and design by the Art Library Society of North America.

As a graduate from both Sewanee: The University of the South, and Tulane University where he studied English and Architecture respectively.

Before attending university to become a writer, editor and practicing architect, Ivy served in the U.S. Navy as an officer, adding to his working ethic and unbelievable success.

Overall, this summer, CEO Robert Ivy is due for this achievement as he has worked his whole life influencing an industry in various roles, reflecting on its past and working towards its future, of which, has never been brighter.

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