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

American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President, Robert Ivy, recently won the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL).

Robert Ivy received the award on June 2nd along with Andrew Cary Young, a stained-glass designer from the Pearl River Glass Studio in Jackson, Mississippi. This distinguished award is given to Mississippi-connected artists and art patrons who have made significant artistic contributions over the course of their lifetimes. Robert Ivy is the first architect to be honored with Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Other notable artists who have received this award have been Morgan Freeman (2007), Shelby Foote (2004), Eudora Welty (2001), Leontyne Price (2000), and Walter Anderson (1989).

Since joining AIA in 2011 as CEO, Robert Ivy has expanded their global presence including two new chapters in China and Canada. He has been designated Master Architect by the national architect fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi and was given the 2017 Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture. Prior to joining AIA Robert Ivy was Editor-in-Chief of McGraw Hill’s Architectural Record. During this time the Architectural Record received the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. In 2001 Robert Ivy also authored a biography titled Fay Jones, Architect which is now in its third edition. Before becoming an architect, Robert Icy earned his Bachelor’s degree from Sewanee: The University of the South, received a Master’s degree from Tulane University in Architecture, and served in the US Navy as an Officer.

In addition to the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, there were numerous category winners that include, Michael Knight (fiction), John T. Edge (nonfiction), Molly McCully Brown (poetry), James S. Sclater (classical music composition, Shannon McNally (contemporary music composition), Jack Spencer (photography), and Charlie Buckley (visual arts).

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