Robert Ivy Makes History as the first Architect to be awarded the Noel Polk Award

Robert Ivy of the American Institute of Architect (AIA) where he is the Chief Executive officer is the recipient of the esteemed Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is a badge of honour and is awarded by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). The award is recognition to outstanding artists or friends of art who hail from Mississippi and have dedicated their lives and careers to leave the world of their professions better than they found it. Robert Ivy marks the first architect ever from the region to be honoured in the history of the Polk Award. He joins an exclusive list of other distinguished artists who are honourees of the Lifetime Award. Previous honourees of the award include the famed actor, Morgan Freeman who was awarded in 2007 and talented singer Leontyne Price who was the recipient in 2000 and to know more


Architecture contributions in Mississippi

Nancy Laforge who is the president of MIAL lauded Robert Ivy efforts in ensuring architecture in Mississippi is human-friendly and handy for the common person. Nancy says that the award could not have been better timed or better awarded. According to Laforge, Ivy is an outstanding architect who compounds architecture writing and commentary in his work. The award affirms Ivy’s work and puts him in Mississippi’s hall of fame, a status which honours Robert’s lifetime work as an architect. Echoing the sentiments, AIA President Carl Elefante says that Robert has dedicated his time, career and resources since 2011 as the CEO at AIA and also as an active architect. According to Elefante, Ivy is the perfect candidate to represent the profession both as a Mississippi native and architect.

Other Contributions

Robert Ivy’s work as an architect goes way far beyond Mississippi and AIA. He previously worked at McGraw- Hill’s Architectural Record where he served as the Editor-in-Chief. He is remembered for steering the Architectural Record to International standards including spearheading the first version of the Architectural Record in Mandarin. His efforts saw McGraw-Hill’s recognized with the National Magazine Award for General Excellence and the MPA Digital Award for Website of the Year in 2008. Under Ivy AIA has made major trends and increased their global command and influence. Today the institute has the most number of members since it was established a hundred and sixty years ago. This is courtesy of the excellent leadership and exemplary performance of Robert as the CEO of AIA.

More about Robert Ivy

Ivy was born in Columbus, Mississippi and attended school at Sewanee: The University of the South where he earned his Bachelors of Arts in English. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Tulane University. Robert has also received other awards including the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture. He is among the few prime architects to be named Master Architect a designation he shares with renowned architects, Richard Buckminster Fuller, I.M. Pei and Mies van der Rohe.

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