Robert Ivy Is The First Architect To Receive Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

In 2011, Robert Ivy became the CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). During his tenure as CEO of the AIA, Robert Ivy has succeeded in growing the AIA’s global footprint. There are now seven global chapters, including AIA chapters in Canada and even China.

AIA now has more than 90,000 members throughout the U.S. and three of its territories, Europe, Canada, and Asia. The AIA is committed to building structures that create safe neighborhoods, but it is also deeply involved in the broader global community.

Prior to becoming CEO of the AIA, Ivy had a stellar career as the Editor-in-Chief of the Architectural Record, published by McGraw-Hill. Ivy led the Architectural Record to become the most widely read journal about architecture around the world. The Architectural Record won several awards while Robert Ivy was in charge, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He also was successful in launching the Architectural Record in China in a Mandarin version.

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In April of 2018, it was announced that Robert Ivy will be recognized by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) with the prestigious Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award according to While receiving this award is an honor in itself, it is even more amazing because Robert Ivy is the first architect to ever receive the Polk Award. The Polk Award is given out by the MIAL to artists with a connection to Mississippi and whose work or body of art is worthy of special recognition. Previous recipients include actor Morgan Freeman, writer Eudora Welty, and Singer Leontyne Price.

Robert Ivy was chosen for the Polk Award because of his ability to make architecture something that is accessible to all. Not only that, Robert Ivy has a career as an author, commentator, and writer in his own right. Ivy is no stranger to awards though. His fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, designated him Master Architect, putting him in the company of architectural greats such as I.M. Pei and Mies van der Rohe. In 2017, the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas honored Ivy with a Dean’s Medal.

June 2 is the official MIAL ceremony where Robert Ivy will be honored with the Polk Award. He is in good company since he will be receiving the award alongside Andrew Cary Young, famed stained glass designer.

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