Robert Ivy to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Ivy to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

American Institute of Architects CEO and EVP Robert Ivy will be honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

Given to currently active Mississippi-connected artists and art patrons, Ivy is the first architect to receive the Polk Award. The list of previous honorees includes actor Morgan Freeman (2007), writer Shelby Foote (2004), writer Eudora Welty (2001), singer Leontyne Price (2000), and the late artist Walter Anderson (1989).

AIA President Carl Elefante praised Ivy’s selection, saying: “As the CEO of AIA since 2011, and as an author, editor and practicing architect, Robert Ivy is a worthy ambassador for our profession. This award comes as a crowning personal and professional achievement for him as a native of Mississippi. On behalf of the AIA, I am truly delighted to congratulate him on this unique honor.”

Ivy’s previous accolades include the designation Master Architect by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi (joining the ranks of Mies van der Rohe, Richard Buckminster Fuller, and I.M. Pei) and the 2017 Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.

Robert Ivy will officially receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, along with stained-glass designer Andrew Cary Young of Pearl River Glass Studio, at a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters event on June 2.

Robert Ivy: Noel Polk Award

Robert Ivy is the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects. In Mississippi, there is no one like Robert who is known for making architecture more accessible to the general public.

He has been with the American Institute of Architects since the year 2011. Since then he has made the presence and influence of the organization global and raised its membership level to its highest in one hundred and sixty years.

The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters will be honoring Robert on June 2 with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given to only artists and art patrons who are living and connected to Mississippi who has a lifetime of creating, performing, and/or supporting art. The person receiving this award has to be extraordinary and worthy of this special honor which Robert Ivy has displayed through his years.

Robert Ivy receiving this award does mark a personal achievement for himself as well as the first time an architect has ever won this award. Robert is also a writer, author, and commentator of the architecture field worldwide.

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Before AIA

Before Robert Ivy went to work for the American Institution of Architecture, he was the Editor in Chief of another architecture company, McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. While working for this company, he helped them obtain many awards including but not limited to the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

Robert also was able to lead his former employer in the design and construction media during their expansion in China and in the Middle East. During this expansion, Robert was able to launch the Mandarin version of Architecture Record.

Robert Ivy has made many great achievements throughout his years as CEO of AIA. The Noel Polk Award shows how much he has accomplished as well as how much he cares for his community and the world around him.

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