Robert Ivy Adds the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award to His List of Accolades

Robert Ivy, the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects publicly broadcasted that he is the recipient of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL), a non-profit organization.

According to a news release, this is the very first time that the Polk Award has been given to an architect, since the said award is usually bestowed to living art patrons and Mississippi- related artists whose lifetime work in supporting, performing, and creating art is both exceptional and commendable of being especially recognized.

Ivy, FAIA and Andrew Cary Young, an artist who specializes in stained-glass art from Jackson, Mississippi will be formally given the award on June 2.

Carl Elefante, AIA’s President commented that Ivy wholly deserves the recognition since he is the ambassador of the architect profession being the AIA’s Chief Executive Officer since 2011 and being a practicing architect, editor, and author all at the same time. Elefante adds that the award illustrates an exemplary professional and personal attainment of Robert Ivy’s part since he is originally from Mississippi, and he is sincerely happy for Ivy for having been acknowledged with the honor.

Before Ivy joined the AIA, he was the editor-in-chief of the Agricultural Record where he similarly received several awards such as the National Magazine Award. And as per the AIA, his headship in the institution saw a substantial growth internationally due to the highest record of membership achieved in the organizations 160 years of history.

Ivy was also recognized by the Alpha Rho Chi, a national architect group, as a “Master Architect” – considered as an honorary designation granted to internationally prominent architects like I.M. Pei, FAIA, R. Buckminster Fuller, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture granted Ivy the Dean’s Medal in the past year and was the writer of Fay Jones published by McGraw-Hill Professional in 2001.

Nancy LaForge, MIAL’s President, stated that no one could compare to the likes of Robert Ivy in Mississippi, who brings the architecture profession closer to the society. So, now he is given his rightful position as one of the awardee of the Noel Polk Award due to his immeasurable contribution as a commentator, author, and writer on national and international architecture matters.

As a Noel Polk Awardee, Robert Ivy joins the honor-worthy ranks of Leontyne Price, singer (2000), Walter Anderson, artist (1989), Morgan Freeman, actor (2007), writers Shelby Foote (2004) and Eudora Welty (2001).

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