On June 2, Robert Ivy will be presented with the Noel Park Lifetime Achievement Award for his Mississippi-connected patronage of the arts. He first graduated from Sewanee: The School of the South where he studied English. Ivy went on the become Editor-in-Chief at McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record, a magazine printed by the well-known publisher. Under his leadership, the magazine was widely available across the world and thoroughly covered the architectural industry and topic. As McGraw-Hill penetrated into Chinese and Middle-Eastern markets, he also introduced a Mandarin version of the Architectural Record as well as introducing a version to the Middle East.
In 2001, Ivy became the author of a well regarded biography, Fay Jones: Architect, which covered the life of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most well regarded apprentice. It was considered one of the standard to which architecture is taught and current is in its third edition run. So far, it’s clear Robert Ivy is well deserving of this recognition, but his achievements don’t end there.
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After graduating with a bachelor, Ivy also attended Tulane University and earned a Master of Architecture degree. His master education surely led to his success at McGraw-Hill as he was considered, as far as his education was concerned, a Master in the field. When he was recognized by the Architectural Fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, he was given the title Master Architect making it official. This was an accolade that only six other architects have been honored. In 2017, he was therein awarded the Dean’s Metal Award by the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.
Prior to that award, in 2011, Robert Ivy was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architecture. He has helped to grow the institutes membership to their highest level in over 160 years with 200 chapters located internationally, state-wide and locally.
With his latest honor, it is an addition to an extensive career of excellence. In some ways, his work ethic, his philosophy in the arts and his communication in the importance of design in Architecture may seem small, but hey add up. He has put AIA on the map, as well as inspired the next generation of architects to follow. Nurturing the growing idea that architecture can positively influence the well-being of people and the environment.
In time, his achievements will continue, but June will assert a remarkable man who has influence so many, whether they know it or not.