Robert Ivy became the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record in 1996 and was a critic for many national publications. He became a Master Architect in 2010 by the national architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi. Ivy is one of seven people to have this honor, and is the only architect that was selected in the 21st century.
Recently, the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Robert Ivy. The Polk Award is only given to living Mississippi-connected artists whose work over a lifetime of performing and creating is extraordinary and worthy of extreme honor. This is the first time an architect has ever received this award. Ivy has expanded the presence and influence of the organization. The American Institute of Architects is at its highest level of membership now than it ever has been before. Before joining the American Institute of Architects, where he received the Polk Award, he received multiple awards. Learn more about Robert Ivy on Steel Institue of New York
The American Institute of Architects is considered professional organization. In some industries, you have to belong to an organization to show that you’re committed to your job. Robert Ivy points out, “Architects know the association stands for certain values and to be a member, you adhere to those values, and you’re held accountable”. Organizations provide other opportunities for networking, as well. Networking helps build relationships that result in work opportunities.
It might benefit some workers to join more than one association. For example, there are at least, if not more, nine societies only for accountants. It might have a cost to join multiple associations, but one association might have something another one doesn’t. If Robert Ivy didn’t network out, and only stayed in one association, he might not have been able to get to where he is today.
Robert has been an advocate for the architect profession. His members look to him to focus the American Institute of Architects efforts and resources while also help grow the association.