Internationally acclaimed author, editor and architect Robert Ivy will be honored on June 2nd with a lifetime achievement award. The Columbus, Mississippi native was selected for the award by the Mississippi Institute of Art and Letters. Ivy rose to fame as editor-in-chief of Architectural Record. With Ivy in charge, the publication became the world’s most widely read architectural journal. Under Robert Ivy’s direction Architectural Record won dozens of awards and accolades including the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence.
An acclaimed master architect, Robert Ivy became The American Institute of Architects CEO and executive vice president in 2011. Through his excellent work with the A.I.A. Ivy is credited with raising the awareness of the general public about the important role architecture plays in everyday life and making architecture more accessible. While growing up Robert Ivy always loved reading and writing and wanted to be a writer. When he was in elementary school, his mother, Fran Ivy, had one of Mississippi’s only book stores for several years. It was located in their backyard.
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Robert Ivy graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a degree in English. But the architecture he had seen in his hometown also had an impact on him. Interested in how authenticity was important in defining everything from log cabins to mill housing to rich sophisticated buildings in his small town, Ivy also decided to get a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University. Following a stint in the U.S. Navy where he rose to the rank of officer, Robert Ivy was hired as an architect. Shortly afterwards, an architecture journal asked him to write an article. It was beginning of a impressive career that included Ivy writing the award-winning book ‘Fay Jones: Architect’.
It is because of the distinguished career Robert Ivy has had both as a writer and an architect that has led the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters to give him the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The first architect to receive the Polk Award, Robert Ivy will joined esteemed Mississippians Leontyne Price, Eudora Welty, Walter Anderson, Morgan Freeman and Shelby Foot in receiving this special honor.
Robert Ivy says many of the Polk Award honorees were his childhood heroes. Mississippi Institute Of Arts and Letters President Nancy LaForge says Ivy deserves his rightful place on the acclaimed list of Mississippians for his unparalleled work as an author, editor and architect.
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