First Architect To Receive Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) awarded Robert Ivy with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the field of architecture. Ivy is the CEO and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement award is granted to Mississippi-related artists or patrons for their dedication to the arts.

In response to the Polk Award, MIAL President Nancy LaForge praised Ivy’s commitment to architecture through his writing and commentating. American Institute of Architects  President Carl Elefante also gave his congratulations and praise for Ivy’s work at the Institute. Ivy joins a host of prominent names to receive the award including famous actor Morgan Freeman. This marks the first time that the Polk award has been granted to an architect.

Robert Ivy has an impressive history within architecture to back up the award. Before working at the AIA, Ivy was Editor-in-Chief for the Architecture Record, a McGraw-Hill publication. He oversaw the growth of the Record as it became the widely distributed architectural journal in the world and received numerous awards. Ivy also helped to grow the company’s construction and design media in China and the Middle East.

Under Robert Ivy’s guidance and leadership, the AIA has grown to its largest size since the groups inception 160 years ago. Thanks to the Institute’s seven global chapters, including new locations in China and Canada, American architects are able to work around the world. Overall, the AIA boasts 200 chapters including on state and local levels. The company has seen great strides in growth since Robert Ivy took over as Chief Executive Officer.

Before beginning career in architecture, Ivy received a Bachelor’s in English from Sewanee: The University of the South and a Master’s in Architecture from Tulane University. Before transitioning into the architectural field, Robert Ivy worked as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Among Ivy’s major achievements is his authoritative biography of Fay Jones who was a devotee of Frank Lloyd Wright. The book was published in 2001 and is currently being sold in its 3rd addition. The biography received praise from The Art Library Society of North America.

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