Robert Ivy: Author, Architect, And CEO Is Honored

For the first time in its history, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) has awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement award to an architect — Robert Ivy. Ivy joins a diverse list of honorees including such well-known personalities as actor Morgan Freeman, Pulitzer-Award-Winning author Eudora Welty, and vocalist Leontyne Price, to name a few.

If he had only his work as a practicing architect to recommend him, Robert Ivy would be justified in considering himself successful. But Ivy has also been a successful author, editor, and executive. In a text praised by the Art Library of North America, Ivy penned the definitive biography of Fay Jones, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Robert Ivy is the former editor of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. During his tenure as editor, Architectural Record became the most widely-distributed journal of architecture in the world. Ivy also oversaw the introduction and rapid growth of the Mandarin version of Architectural Record in China.

After leaving McGraw-Hill in 2011, Robert Ivy became CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). When one stops to think about it, it’s noteworthy for someone to catch the attention of the art world, function as a successful architect, excel at the detail-oriented position of editor, author a highly-regarded biography, and shine as the CEO of one of America’s most highly-regarded professional organizations.

Ivy’s education and early work history point (in hindsight) to the successes that followed. He began his education with a BA in English from Sewanee University, next attending and earning a Master of Architecture Degree from Tulane. Prior to starting his career as an architect, he was an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Other awards bestowed on Ivy include American Business Media’s highest honor — the Crain Award, and the title of Master Architect from Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity.


American Institute Of Architects Educates The Public About FOBA

When one thinks about architecture, they usually think of grand, historical buildings that garner a lot of visitors and tourism for their respective communities. However, the American Institute of Architects realizes that not everything an architect comes up with is massive in scale. The smaller items are usually called Functional Objects by Architects (FOBA) and the American Institute of Architects had them proudly on display on the third floor in the Chicago Market section of the Chicago Design Museum from September 7th to September 28th of this year.

Many well-known architects were showcased, including notable names such as Bita Zenouz, Adrian Smith, Cheryl Noel, Chris Emens, Craig Cernek, Emily Handley, and Julia Mosqueda among many others. Of course, all of this begs just one question: just what is a FOBA (Functional Object by Architect) anyway?

Basically, a FOBA is a project that is smaller in scale, tactile, and functions in utility. A FOBA project features items that you can move around, decorate, and change much easier that a large-scale project such as the face of a building. The main thing about a FOBA is that it must be aesthetically pleasing. A FOBA can consist of a group of literally anything. It could be furniture, knick knacks, or even wall hangings.

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This, in a nutshell, has always been the mission of the American Institute of Architects. They are dedicated to showing the layman that architecture is not just relegated to the external facade of a building. Architecture is also concerned with the inside of a structure as well, and there are many architects who have had lengthy careers simply by designing the interior of a space.

The American Institute of Architects is located in Chicago and is the largest professional chapter of architects in the United States. The organization focuses on providing advocacy for all of their member architects and are fully vested in educating the public on how architects can bring change to the community simply through the power of their designs.

Those who become AIA members instantly expand their support to include over 80,000 colleagues across the nation. They are able to utilize these contacts for support and to help them find appropriate project that showcase their unique skills. The AIA works tirelessly showcasing projects such as the FOBA showcase in order to bring the creative work of their architects to the forefront. By doing so, they demonstrate that architects are dedicated professionals that make the world that much better.

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Robert Ivy One Of The World’s Most Renowned Architects

Robert Ivy is currently the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects. Robert was appointed to the position in 2011.Ivy in 1996 also became the Editor in Chief of Architectural Journal which is an architectural journal.

As the Editor, Ivy helped the Journal grow to become one of the world’s most widely read architectural Journal. Ivy has also served as the Vice President and Editorial Director of the McGraw-Hill Construction Media. Ivy has also worked as a principal at Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy and has been a critic for many national publications.

Ivy in his long career history has accomplished a lot and won many accolades. Among Ivy, Achievements include the Premier Magazine Journalism Award which the architectural record journal won under his guidance. Other awards the architectural record Journal has won, and his leadership includes the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award, Jesse H. Neal Awards, Ozzies: Folio Design Awards and the MPA Digital Award which Architectural Record won in the category of Website of the year: Enthusiast. Moreover, Ivy as an individual received the Crain Award in 2009 which is an American Business Media highest award for an individual. Ivy in 1988 received the McGraw-Hill Award for being the best manager. Ivy is also a member of the Design Futures Council Senior Fellow. Ivy was also selected to be on a jury panel that selected architect Frank Gehry to be the designer of the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.

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In March 2010 Ivy was unanimously voted as a Master Architect by the National Architecture fraternity for being an active communicator on the value of design. The Master of Architect Award is one of the most outstanding awards that any architect could ever dream off and has been previously won by iconic architects such as Dr. Nathan Clifford Ricker who was the first architecture graduate from an American school. Others are Eliel Saarinen, John Welborn Root, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, Cass Gilbert, Richard Buckminster Fuller and I.M. Pei. The award has only recognized seven architects so far in a 100-year history, and Ivy is the only 21st-century architect to make it to the list.

Ivy has contributed a lot in the field of architecture, and among his contributions, he has written many publications such as the Robert Ivy’s biography which was published in 2001 and was titled, Fay Jones. The publication is now in the third edition and is a showcase of Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice architect.

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