Robert Ivy Becomes the First Architect to Receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has today reported that its EVP and CEO, Robert Ivy, FAIA, has received the highly coveted Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. The award is usually awarded to Mississippi-based artists and art patrons whose collection of works over lifetime and supporting art is impeccable and noteworthy.

Mr. Robert became the first architect to ever receive the award. Him and Andrew Cary Young, a stained-glass artist of the Pearl Rivers Glass Studio in Mississippi, will be presented with the award officially on June 2.

Having been honored with the prize, Robert joins the breed of other Mississippi artists who’ve received the award. They include Walter Anderson (1989), Leontyne Price (2000) Eudora Welty (2001), Selby Foote (2004), and actor Morgan Freeman (2007). “When it comes to availing the latest architecture to the public, Ivy seems to have developed the knack for this,” said Nancy LaForge, President of MIAL. “As a renowned writer, contributor and commentator in the architectural industry, Robert Ivy now assumes his place in the ranks of Noel Polk Prize honorees.”

Speaking on Ivy’s feat, AIA President, Carl Elefante, exclaimed, “Having led the AIA since 2011 and achieving a reputable status as an author, editor and an architect, Robert Ivy is the perfect ambassador for architects. The award crowns both his personal and career achievements as a native Mississippian. On behalf of the Association, I am delighted to congratulate him on this great honor.

As the AIA EVP and CEO, Ivy’s efforts have earned the institute a global recognition at a time when the association is at its peak membership since it was established 160 years ago. Currently, American architects are working in different parts of the world, made possible by AIA’s seven chapters including Canada and China.

Other Achievements

Robert also received recognition from the national architecture body, Alpha Rho Chi for his effectiveness in educating on the value of design. He shares the title “Master Architect” with some iconic names in the industry such as Richard Buckminster, Mies Van der Rohe, and I.M Pei. That award made him one of seven to be named in the fraternity’s century-old history.

Before his affiliation to the AIA, Robert Ivy also left his impressive, intelligent and skill footprint in the realm of print media. He was the Chief Editor for Architectural Records. Here too, he received the National Magazine Award.

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