Robert Ivy began his education from the University of the South where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree of arts in English. He then went forward and pursued a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University. On graduation, he joined the United States Navy for some time serving as an officer.
Currently, Robert Ivy is the chief executive officer and chief vice president of the American Institute of Architects. This organization was founded over hundred years now and is been working in more than two hundred states and local communities internationally. The main purpose of the American Institute of Architects is to develop buildings creating, safe and secure neighborhoods for healthy communities. Its members have a code of conduct that ensures adhering of the rules and therefore advocating public policies. Moreover, they include governmental and state administrations in their activities in order to improve economic growth and promoting wellness, hence leading to solutions of main challenges in the society.
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Robert Ivy is the first architect in the twenty first century to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award which is a unique honor to many. It is owned by countable names that are considered as heroes and heroines in the society of Mississippi, whose work and performance as artists and art patrons portray extraordinary uniqueness. Among those honored include artist Walter Anderson the late, Leontyne Prince the singer, Eudora Welty and Foote Shelby the writers and Morgan Freeman the actor. According to the Nancy LaForge who is the president of MIAL, Robert Ivy has made the architecture available to the public in Mississippi through his art of writing, authorship and commenting on architecture. Another person who was thrilled by the honor Award to him was Carl Elefante the President of American Institute of Architects, who spoke of him as a deserving person as an ambassador of architects.
In conclusion, Robert Ivy has received other awards over the years, among them for companies that he worked as the editor, such as the McGraw architectural Record which won variety of awards, which included the National Magazine Award for General Excellence for its distribution of journals on architecture worldwide. Furthermore, he has received from the University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture the Dean’s Medal. Another honor included effective communication of design valuing from the Alpha Rho Chi, fraternity of national architecture.