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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Robert Ivy Has Received A Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

The chief executive officer at The American Institute of Architects has recently been given one of the most prestigious honors that a person in his position can receive. Robert Ivy was awarded with a The American Institute of Architects and it was presented by the MIAL.

This honor is made even more special by the fact that it is the first time that any architect has ever worn this award. It is given to those who reside in Mississippi and are considered to have created an excellent body of work over the course of a lifetime.

Robert Ivy’s work is what allowed him to receive this award and it is bestowed upon those who create, perform and support art. In addition to Robert Ivy, Andrew Cary Young (a stained glass artist) will also be given the same award.

The event is slated to take place on June 2 and marks a major milestone in Ivy’s career. Ivy rose through the ranks and became the CEO of the American Institute of Architects. He works as a practicing architect but is also an editor and an author. As such, he is thought to be one of the finest ambassadors in the entire state of Mississippi.


Carl Elefante is the president of the American Institute of Architects and he is elated to congratulate Ivy for all that he has achieved. Before he became the CEO of the AIA, Robert Ivy served as the Architectural Record’s editor in chief. He was presented with a National Magazine Award for his efforts and his leadership is believed to be responsible for the magazine’s growth.

Alpha Rho Chi has also recognized Ivy as a “Master Architect“. This is a title that is only given to the architects who are widely considered to be among the world’s greatest. Robert Ivy is credited with bringing architecture to the mainstream and when he receives the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, he will finally get to have his rightful place among the all time greats.

Previous Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Oscar winner Morgan Freeman and writer Shelby Foote. He is proud to join the ranks of these greats and this former officer of the United States Navy has certainly been making his country proud over the course of his entire career. He is a crucial part of the worldwide architecture community and this is an award that is well deserved.