Robert Ivy’s Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Ivy is no ordinary Architect. He was recognized by Alpha Rho Chi (The national architecture fraternity) as being able to deftly convey the value of design in architecture to a non-architect. He’s designated as a Master Architect, he’s been an Editor-in-Chief, an Author, a CEO, and now, a recipient of the Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious award is granted to artists and art critics with strong ties to Mississippi, such as actor Morgan Freeman, who received the award in 2007. “When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s really no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy.” said Nancy LaForge in a AIA press release. Visit to know more about Robert Ivy.


Robert Ivy pursued a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of the South in Sewanee. After he completed that degree, he moved to Tulane University to study for a Master of Architecture degree. After his education he has been named as a Master Architect, one of seven in Alpha Rho Chi’s history, and the only one in the 21st century. He capitalized on his success at school and soon became an Editor-in-Chief at McGraw-Hill, working on the Architectural Record. Under his lead, the architectural journal has been translated into more languages, and spread to more countries than any other architectural journal and is currently the leading worldwide journal. Robert Ivy firmly believes in developing and fostering architectural communities abroad as well as at home.


After parting ways with McGraw-Hill, Robert Ivy became the Vice President and CEO at the American Institute of Architects in 2011, while also being an author and practicing architect. With his leadership, the AIA has grown to have 7 world wide chapters and has broken all membership records in the AIA’s 150 years of existence. This has brought more widespread recognition and participation in architectural arts worldwide and shows how deserving he is of this award. With his contributions to the architectural communities and work on making the art more accessible to everyone, there really is no one else like this dedicated architect from Mississippi. We can only speculate what the future will hold for him, but based on his history it will serve his communities and be wildly successful. Follow Robert Ivy at Twitter.

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