Robert Ivy: First Architect to Receive Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

This coming June, architect Robert Ivy, will be awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This will be the first time the award has been given to an architect. This award is given by the Mississippi Institute or Arts and Letters and is given to active artists who are Mississippi connected. These artists and art patrons work over a lifetime must be extraordinary and worthy of special honor. Previous receivers of this award are actor Morgan Freeman, singer Leontyne Price, writer Shelby Foote, writer Eudora Wilty, and late artist Walter Anderson.

Robert Ivy currently serves as the CEO and EVP of American Institute of Architect. The president of AIA, Carl Elefante, had nothing but praise and positive comments on Ivy being honored, congratulating him on behalf of the American Institute of Architect and saying that it was a professional achievement of Ivy’s. Since joining the American Institute of Architect in 2011, Robert Ivy has managed to grow their global footprint to it’s highest membership level in over a hundred years. One can only imagine how proud the AIA as a whole must feel as one of their own being honored with such an award.

Before working at AIA, Robert Ivy was Editor In Chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. Here he was able to make it the most widely broadcast architectural journal around the world. With this work he was able to obtain several awards, one of which being the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Ivy was also the author of a biography entitled “Fay Jones: Architect” which was published in 2001 and was cited for, “the highest standards of scholarship, design, and production,” by the Art Library Society of North America.

Throughout his lifetime of work, Ivy has shown his devotion and appreciation to the arts and architecture and has earned himself numerous awards and honors. The national architect fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, recognized this and was honored for his effectiveness in communicating the value of design and was designated Master Architect. He is only one of seven to be awarded this honor and the only person in the 21 Century to be given this honor. He is ranked among some of the greatest architects such as Richard Buckminster Fuller and Mies van der Rohe who have also received this honor.

On June 2 of this year, Ivy will be presented his Lifetime Award by MIAL. Also, receiving this award will be Andrew Cary Young, a stained-glass designer and more

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