He has lead a long career as an Architect and now the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) has handed him the coveted Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Robert Ivy, who is the The American Institute of Architects (AIA) EVP and Chief Executive Officer, is the first architect to receive such an award as this one. The Polk Award is created to recognize those living in Mississippi and connected to the artistic world by their body of work and lifetime of continued achieving and performing in the industry.
In the past, recipients have been famous actor Morgan Freeman, singer Leontyne Price, Walter Anderson and writer Shelby Foote, to name a few. The MIAL President Nancy LaForge says when it comes to making great architecture more available to the public, there really is no one other than Robert Ivy. She goes on to say as a writer, commentator, author and recognized on a worldwide scale as an architect, Ivy has made his mark among the list of honorees for the distinguished Noel Polk award.
The AIA President Carl Elefante adds that the award is sort of a crowning of personal and professional achievement from a Mississippi native. He is truly happy and delighted to give Robert Ivy this great unique honor.
Robert Ivy has a book about his life called Fay Jones:Architect that was finished in 2001 and going on it’s 3rd edition for readers. The book dives into the work of the well-known American architect who adored Frank Lloyd Wright. Fay Jones:Architect has been cited as the highest standards of design, scholarship and production by the The Art Library Society of North America.
Before Robert Ivy became an Architect he spent time in the U.S. Navy. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee:The University of the South. His Master of Architecture degree is from Tulane University.
Ivy used to be the Editor in Chief of McGraw-Hills Architectural record before aligning with the AIA back in 2011. Under his direct leadership, the Architectural Record became highly distributed on a worldwide basis and picked up several awards. One including the National Magazine Award for General excellence. Ivy was also responsible in leading the McGraw-Hill’s design and construction media department during the growth spurt in China. He was very successful in starring a Mandarin edition of the Architectural Record and for the Middle East.
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