Robert Ivy Receives The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes Mississippi-connected artists and patrons, is being awarded for the first time to an architect. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) EVP and Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA joins Eudora Welty, Morgan Freeman, Leontyne Price and others to be so honored.

He is praised by MIAL President Nancy LaForge for making architecture more accessible to the general public. AIA President Carl Elefante, FAIA congratulates him on the award and calls him “a worthy ambassador for our profession”.

Before joining AIA as CEO in 2011, Ivy as Editor-In-Chief, led McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record journal to world-wide popularity, earning awards including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Membership at the AIA has grown significantly and is at its highest level in its 160 year history. Ivy led McGraw-Hill’s design and construction media during its dramatic growth in the Middle East. In China, he launched a Mandarin version of Architectural Record.

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A U.S. Navy veteran, Robert Ivy earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee, The University of the South and his Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University.

Ivy received the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture in 2017 and has been honored by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi. Designated Master Architect, he is one of just seven to receive this honor in the fraternity’s 100-year history and is the only architect selected in the 21st century.

Robert Ivy is a author having penned the biography, “Fay Jones: Architect” published in 2001 now in its third edition.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has over 200 local, state and international chapters. It is dedicated to the highest professional standards and provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business.

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