In April of 2018, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) announced that American Institute of Architects (AIA) EVP and CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA, would receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This particular honor is historic in nature as it will be the first time an architect is given this award. Among the previous recipients of the award are singer Leontyne Price in 2000 and actor Morgan Freeman in 2007.
The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is given out to those artists and patrons of the arts who are connected with Mississippi. The award recognizes those individuals who have shown a body of work over their lifetime that involves either creating, performing, and/or supporting the arts. Robert Ivy’s contributions as an ambassador within the world of architecture and art makes him well deserving of the award.
Mississippi native Robert Ivy has a well-documented path and career within the world of arts and architecture. He started at Sewanee: The University of the South where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. After this, he attended Tulane University and was able to achieve a Master of Architecture degree.
Part of his career path has involved serving as the editor-in-chief of the Architectural Record magazine. Ivy was able to help lead the magazine to national prominence as it received several prestigious awards including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He has now served as the CEO for American Institute of Architects ever since 2011, helping to grow their “global footprint.” The AIA membership levels are also at their highest over a 160-year period thanks to Ivy’s leadership.
Alpha Rho Chi, a national architecture fraternity named him a “Master Architect” back in 2010. This particular honor has only gone out to some of the most well-known architects. In addition to that distinction, Ivy was recently presented with the Dean’s Medal at the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.
In addition to his education and major contributions to architecture through his career, Robert Ivy is also an author. His work “Fay Jones: The Architecture of E. Fay Jones, Faia” was first published back in 1992. The book helps capture the important architectural work of Frank Lloyd Wright devotee, Fay Jones.
Due to his contributions, he will soon be honored with a well-deserved award. The MIAL will officially present Robert Ivy with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony being held on June 2nd, 2018. Ivy will receive the award along with stained-glass designer Andrew Cary Young of the Pearl River Glass Studio in Jackson, Mississippi.
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