Robert Ivy is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 2011, and for his good work, he became the first architect to be awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, and he, therefore, joined the small number of Mississippians to get honored in that line of work. Additionally, he became awarded the Crain Award which is the highest individual accomplishment when one is recognized by the American Business Media. Further, he was voted sporadically as the Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi for his efficiency in communicating the significance of design. Before getting to all these achievements, Robert Ivy had been in other occupations which included being the Editorial Director and Vice President of McGraw Hill Construction, Editor in Chief of Architectural Record and he as well served at the Venice Architecture Biennale as the U.S Commissioner. Therefore, it is evident that his achievements are not as a result of overnight activities but the progressive and consistent work he has invested in whatever he does.
The level of education that Robert Ivy possesses speaks volumes about his achievements which include a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Tulane and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of the South. Additionally, he happens to be a member of the International Circle of Architecture Critics which offers him an exposure platform as he gets to meet tonnes of talented people in a similar field. His interest in the role of architects in the society and the future of architect is evidence of where he stands in his career and how he wants to utilize it to the maximum. In the year 2012 at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, he committed his company to the American Institute of Architects to make a design for improving public health. The ten years commitment would include community planning, research grants and digital programs and this as well brought out Robert Ivy’s personality and his interest in the community at heart. He saw the need for such a program and therefore committed to bridging that gap in the health sector. In that case, for him to be awarded and get recognized as a person who has made architecture more accessible to the general public, he deserves all that and has earned all that appreciation.