Robert Ivy is the distinguished CEO and VP of the American Institute of Architects. For his commitment to his profession, he received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Robert Ivy also holds the distinction of building up the organization, AIA, to where it is now. It is highly respected around the world. His work has influenced the next generation of architects to think in terms of what will be sustainable. The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters awards the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. An architect has never been honored with the award before. The award recognizes those Mississippians, artists and patrons, whose work has spanned a lifetime either supporting, performing, or creating notable works of art.
Former award winners include artist Walter Anderson, actor Morgan Freeman, and writer Eudora Welty. On the professional side of things, Ivy’s mission is to make architecture more available to people. Buildings and structures will have to become sustainable. This refers to those structures that minimize negative impacts on the environment. Ivy’s organization accomplishes this through the use of various materials, space, and the ecosystem.Robert Ivy can also add to his resume the title of author and editor.
As such, he is an excellent ambassador for his profession. He held the position of Editor-in-Chief at McGraw-Hill publishing. McGraw Hill is a world-wide respected architectural journal, and has received numerous awards to that end.Today’s, and tomorrow’s architect, will need a talent for developing new services and experiences. More than ever before, the customer’s needs must be at the center of the design process. Design approaches will also have to be iterative, learning-based, and experimental. Robert Ivy is a leader who understands what tomorrow’s architect will need to be successful. In the meantime, Robert Ivy continues his march toward excellence.