It has been announced that Robert Ivy, Executive Vice President and CEO of AIA (The American Institute of Architects) will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

The award is reserved for “Mississippi-connected” individuals in the arts, and patrons of the arts, whose work of an exceptionally high standard. Making the choice of Mr. Ivy even more special is the fact that he is the first architect to be so honored according to Previous recipients include such luminaries as the author Eudora Welty, actor Morgan Freeman, opera singer Leontyne Price, and noted historian and writer of books on the Civil War, Shelby Foote.

Since assuming the leadership of AIA in 2011, the Institute has flourished, its ranks growing to the highest membership in the 160-year existence of this prestigious organization.


Robert Ivy holds the elite designation of Master Architect. His peers are some of the most revered names in architecture. Previous to his position at AIA as CEO, Robert Ivy guided Architectural Record to a place as the worldwide leader in international circulation among architectural journals. Both at McGraw Hill, publisher of Architectural Record, and AIA Mr. Ivy expanded global presence to places as far-flung as Canada, China, and the Middle East.

The recipient of multiple honors, Robert Ivy is also a highly regarded writer, having authored the biography Fay Jones: Architect, the story of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most illustrious protégé. Mr. Ivy is also a recipient of the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas and the Crain Medal given by the American Business Media.

The event for the presentation of Robert Ivy’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be held by MIAL on June 2. It will be a special honor for a native of Mississippi. Also to be honored is stained-glass designer Andrew Cary Young.

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