The Mississippi Institute of Art and Letters (MIAL) has awarded the 2018 Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award to an architect for the first time ever. Robert Ivy the Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) was presented the prestigious award for his impact on the architectural community.
The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is given to Mississippi connected artist, writers, actors, or singers who have contributed much to their field of arts. Robert Ivy joins the very esteemed company such as actor Morgan Freeman, singer Leontyne Price, artist Walter Anderson, and authors Adora Welty and Shelby Foote.
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As CEO of the American Institute of Architects, Ivy has been pivotal in the transforming the architecture profession in the 21st century. He has highlighted the importance of the profession in the development of the United States ensuring that Architects follow strict guidelines that help them become more efficient. Prior to becoming the EVP/CEO of AIA Robert Ivy was the editor-in-chief of Architectural Record magazine and the vice president/editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction.
Ivy served as an officer in the US Navy prior to becoming an architect and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee as well as a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Tulane University.
Alpha Rho Chi, the architecture fraternity honored Robert Ivy for his communication in the value of design in 2010. Robert Ivy has donned the title of Master Architect along with iconic names such as Mies Van Der Rohe, and I. M. Pei. Last year Robert received the dean’s medal from the University of Arkansas and in 2009 the American Business Media presented Robert with the Crane Award, the highest recognition they give to an individual.
This unique honor serves as recognition too young aspiring architects of their artistic importance and architects across the country believe the knowledge of Robert’s accomplishments will boost morale across the profession.