The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters is awarding the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert Ivy, executive vice president and CEO of The American Institute of Architects. The award is given to a living artist or art patron with connections to Mississippi, who has demonstrated an exemplary body of work in their lifetime of creating, performing, or supporting art. Ivy is the first architect to ever receive the award. He is considered a worthy recipient due to his role as a practicing architect, as well as writer, author, and commentator on architecture worldwide. MIAL President Nancy LaForge says, “When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s really no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy. Ivy now takes his rightful place in the list of Noel Polk Award honorees.” AIA President Carl Elefante adds, “Robert Ivy is an ambassador for our profession. This award comes as a personal and professional achievement for him as a native of Mississippi. Read more about Robert Ivy at Wikipedia.
This is not the first professional award for Ivy. He was previously honored by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi as a Master Architect. Ivy also received the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.
Robert Ivy has made it a priority to communicate the value of design worldwide. Prior to joining the AIA in 2011, Ivy was editor-in-chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record, which was disseminated worldwide and received numerous awards. Ivy also led the launch of a Mandarin version of Architectural Record. As CEO of AIA, Ivy has expanded its global reach. Seven global chapters of AIA, including new chapters in China and Canada, allow American architects to practice around the world.
Robert Ivy officially received the Lifetime Achievement Award on June 2, 2018, during a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters event. He joined a small, distinguished list of Mississippians to ever receive the award, including writer Eudora Welty, actor Morgan Freeman, writer Shelby Foote, artist Walter Anderson, and singer Leontyne Price. Ivy must be proud to bring architect to that list. Follow: https://twitter.com/robertivy?lang=en