The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters(MIAL) has announced it is awarding architect Robert Ivy with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Robert is the first architect to be given the award.
The Noel Polk Award is given to those connected to the arts in Mississippi and who have made extraordinary contributions in this arena. In the past, other Mississippians who have received the award have included Morgan Freeman, Leontyne Price, and Eudora Welty.
Mr. Ivy was praised by MIAL’s Nancy LaForge for his contributions to architecture by his writings and worldwide commentating on the subject. Carl Elafonte, President of American Institute of Architects(AIA), echoed Ms. LaForge’s sentiments.
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While Elafonte serves as president, Mr. Ivy currently serves as EVP and Chief Executive Officer of AIA. Under Ivy’s leadership, the membership has grown significantly and is currently at an all-time high. There are chapters of the organization worldwide, now including Canada and China.
Prior to AIA, Mr. Ivy was employed by McGraw-Hill Architectural Record as Editor-In-Chief. During his leadership with the publication, it became the most widely read journal in architecture and received numerous awards. Robert has also authored his own book titled “Fay Jones: Architect” about this architect who followed in Frank Lloyd Wright’s footsteps.
Mr. Ivy has received several awards prior to the Polk Award. The Alpha Rho Chi architecture fraternity honored him for his skill in communicating the importance of design. In addition, Ivy holds the designation of Master Architect, and, the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture awarded him the Dean’s medal in 2017.
In regards to education, Mr. Ivy holds a Bachelors in English from Sewanee: The University of the South and received his Master of Architecture from Tulane University. Before his career in architecture, Mr. Ivy served in the military.
The MIAL award ceremony to honor Robert Ivy will take place on June 2.