Last April 11, 2018, in Washington, D.C, Robert Ivy was awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This honorary title was given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). Robert Ivy is currently the EVP of American Institute of Architects and Chief Executive Officer of FAIA.
This is the first instance that an architect has received the aforementioned prestigious award. The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is given to Mississippi-based artists and art patrons whose works signified a lifetime of creativity, performance and supporting the art industry of the state. Along with Robert Ivy are other notable public figures such as Morgan Freeman who was awarded in 2007, Eudora Welty who was recognized for her writings in 2001, Shelby Foote in 2004, as well as late artists Walter Anderson and Leontyne Prince.
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According to MIAL President Nancy LaForge, she believes that Robert Ivy has made architecture more accessible to residents in Mississippi. She appreciates Mr. Ivy’s dedication and passion for the field. Robert Ivy is presently a writer, commentator, and author in international architecture, and Nancy LaForge believes that it is high time that he would be receiving his much-deserved award.
Mr. Robert Ivy, on the other hand, was honored to be part of the Noel Polk honorees. AIA President Carl Elefante also expressed his insights about Mr. Robert Ivy. Mr. Elefante believes that Mr. Ivy’s work for the AIA as CEO since 2011 has brought him to be a worthy ambassador for the architecture industry and a recipient of the said award. He mentioned that the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is a crowning achievement both in Mr. Ivy’s personal and professional life. What makes it more special is that this award is given to him as a native of Mississippi, which is truly a unique honor.
About Robert Ivy
Mr. Robert Ivy is a known figure in the architecture industry. He was previously hailed as McGraw Hill’s Editor-In-Chief. Through his expertise, he also led McGraw Hill’s construction and design in several international partnerships.
During his time at the AIA, Mr. Ivy has grown the influence of the company, which recently achieved its highest membership level from its 160 years of existence. Many of America’s architects are working as professionals globally, and they are being helped by either of the seven headquarters of AIA, which included newly established ones in China and Canada.
Mr. Ivy received his Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of the South, Sewane. He proceeded to attend Tulane University where he received his Master of Architecture. He also served in the US Navy.
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