Mr. Robert Ivy To Receive The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement In 2nd Jun

The CEO for both the American Institute of Architects CEO as well as EVP Mr. Robert Ivy is soon going to be honored by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters an Award for the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement. The award is given to active artists and art patrons in Mississippi. However, Mr. Ivy becomes the first ever architect to receive this award. Honorees who have previously received the award are the film star Morgan Freeman in 2007, writers Shebly Foote in 2004 and Eudora Welty 2001, singer Leontyne Price in 2000, and the now deceased artist in 1989.

Carl Elefante, the AIA President praised Mr. Robert Ivy for being selected. He expressed that as the AIA’s CEO from 2011 an author, editor and an architect he is a worthy ambassador for architects’ fraternity. The award will crown his personal and professional accomplishments for Mr. Robert Ivy as a Mississippi native. He added that on behalf of the company, he congratulates Mr. Ivy on his exceptional honor.

Ivy has in the past been previously been honored by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, Master Architect Award. This saw him join the levels of Mies van der Rohe, I.M. Pei, as well as Richard Buckminster Fuller’s. He also has a Dean’s Medal awarded to him in 2017 by the University Of Arkansas Fay Jones School Of Architecture.

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He will be officially receiving his Noel Polka Lifetime Achievement Award alongside Pearl River Glass Studio’s stained-glass designer Mr. Andrew Cary Young. They will both receive their awards at the Mississippi Institute of Arts Letters in 2nd June.

He went to Tulane University and graduated with a Masters of Architecture. He did not stop there as he proceeded to Sewanee where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English. In the year 1996, Ivy joined the Architectural Record to become the Editor in Chief here. This architectural journal became the world’s most read journal thanks to Mr. Ivy’s exceptional professionalism and hard work.

He has also been the Editorial Director and Vice-president of the McGraw-Hill Construction Media. This company has several media including Architectural Record, Sweets, the GreenSource, SNAP, the HQ Magazine and the Constructor. When Frank Gehry was being nominated for the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, Mr. Robert Ivy was among the jurors. In 1981 to 1996 Mr. Ivy served as one of the principles for Dean & Ivy. Consequently, he has been a critic for various national architectural publications.

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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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