Robert Ivy is the first architect to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given out by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). This award is named in honor of the Picayune, Mississippi native writer and is an honor given to those connected to the Mississippi art industry through creating, performing, supporting the arts, or financial and philanthropic charitable contributions to the arts. This year’s awardee Robert Ivy is from Columbus, Mississippi and is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Joining Ivy in receiving the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award on June 2nd is stained-glass artist Andrew Cary Young of Jackson, Mississippi.
The president of the MIAL, Nancy LaForge praised Ivy as a writer, author, and commentator on architecture when talking about his contributions of architecture to the world of art. He is well-known for making architecture more accessible to the general public where he has served as the CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 2011, and as an editor, author, and current practicing architect. Prior to joining the AIA, Robert Ivy the former Editor-in-Chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. This publication is the #1 source for design news, education relating to architectural design, and information on houses, sustainability, projects, and architectural items.
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Mr. Ivy received his Masters of Architecture degree from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the private institution Sewanee: The University of the South. Under the editorial leadership of Ivy, Architectural Record earned numerous design, digital, website, and top architectural awards.
Mr. Robert Ivy’s previous accolades includes Master Architect by the national architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi. This fraternity includes American Architect Richard Buckminster Fuller, German-American Architect Mies van der Rohe, and Chinese American Architect I.M. Pei. Mr. Ivy also received the 2017 Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.
Many well-known artists such as writer Eudora Welty (2001), actor Morgan Freeman (2007), writer Shelby Foote (2004), the late artist Walter Anderson (1989), and singer Leontyne Price (2000) have received this prestigious award. Some of the categories for winners of the Polk Lifetime Achievement Award are: Visual Arts, Fiction, Nonfiction, Photography, Poetry, and Music Composition broken up into two categories- contemporary and classical. These categories shows evidence of why Mr. Robert Ivy is the first Architect to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award.