American Institute of Architects (AIA) CEO, Robert Ivy, has received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious award is earned by those who have roots in Mississippi and have illustrated a lifetime of superior art through their creations. History has indeed been made as he is the first architect to ever receive this honor. An ambassador of the architect culture, Robert Ivy started his journey with American Institute of Architects in 2011. Since his arrival, he has helped influence the presence of the organization to its highest membership count in the company’s 160 year history.
Prior to his tenure with AIA, Robert Ivy was the editor in chief of Architectural Record; published by McGraw-Hill. Ivy has helped establish AIA as a global imprint, with the most recent additions being China and Canada. Past winners of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award include Morgan Freeman, Shelby Foote, and the late Walter Anderson to name a few. Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) President Nancy Laforge stated: “When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s really no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy”. Since graduating with a Bachelor of arts from The University of the South and a Masters in Architect from Tulane University, Ivy has been on a mission to improve the quality and education of the architect world.
Robert Ivy’s attested biography, Fay Jones: Architect was released in 2001. Since its release, the book has been praised for its high standards of design and architectural production. The success and recognition of Fay Jones has helped garner the book to its most current third edition. The national architect fraternity Alpha Rho Chi also recognized Robert for his ability to translate the worth of architect design to the world. He is just one of seven honorees to receive this award in the fraternity’s 100- year history. His accolades are a reflection of his passion for the world and culture of architecture. The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement award illustrates both his longevity and perseverance. Congratulations Robert Ivy, an architect of life.
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