Robert Ivy, executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), was honored with the receiving of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the first time that the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) has bestowed this honor on to an architect. MIAL recognizes artists and patrons of the arts who are connected to the state of Mississippi and whose work is considered to be extraordinary. Robert Ivy joins an elite group of people that includes Morgan Freeman, Walter Anderson, Eudora Welty, Leontyne Price, and Shelby Foote.
Robert Ivy was recognized for providing the general public, access to architecture. Ivy’s other credits including being a writer, author, and commentator. It is because of those achievements that Ivy was given the Noel Polk Award.
Before joining AIA, Ivy was the editor-and-chief of the Architectural Record, and under his command, the Architectural Record won many awards. Once such award included the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. His bibliography about Fay Jones has gone into its third printing and was recognized by The Art Library Society of North America for its standards of design, production, and scholarship. At AIA, Ivy is responsible for the institution having a global reach. Thanks to his work, American architects are getting a chance to showcase their work all over the world. CEO of AIA is also the only architect in the 21st century to be honored by Alpha Rho Chi, the national architectural fraternity.
Robert Ivy did not start out to be an architecture. He went to school to major in English and received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee: The University of the South. He received a masters degree in architecture from Tulane University. Before he began his architectural career, he spent time in the Navy as officer.
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