Mississippi Institute Honors Robert Ivy

Robert Ivy has accomplished a lot in his lifetime, and now The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters has presented him with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given to artists and art patrons who are connected to Mississippi and have produced a body of work that is extraordinary and worthy of recognition. He joins a short and distinguished list of recipients which includes actor Morgan Freeman, writer Shelby Foote, and singer Leontyne Price, among others. He has the distinct honor of being the first architect to receive the award.

Robert Ivy currently serves as the Executive Vice President and CEO of American Institute of Architects. During his seven years in that role, the American Institute of Architects has expanded its reach globally through seven chapters, including a chapter in China and Canada.

Prior to his current role, Robert Ivy was the editor-in-chief of the magazine “Architectural Record”, published by McGraw Hill. Under his guidance, the magazine garnered several awards, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. The magazine enjoys a readership that spans the globe as a result of Robert Ivy’s dedication. He was responsible for launching a Mandarin version of the magazine, and he extended the reach of the magazine into the Middle East.

Furthermore, Robert Ivy is an accomplished author. His book, “Fay Jones: Architect”, was recognized by The Art Library Society of North America for its high standards of production, design, and scholarship. It is now on its third revision.

Robert Ivy received his Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South. He received his Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. Prior to that he served as an officer in the United States Navy.

Through his writing, research, and passion for architecture Robert Ivy has expanded the reach of American Architecture throughout the world. He is a perfect representative of the American Architect and his legacy will not soon be forgotten. It is only fitting that he has received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Robert Ivy Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Robert Ivy has won the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. This prestigious award is given to Mississippi artists whose lifetime of achievements is extraordinary. Robert Ivy is the first architect to win this achievement. Past honorees have included Morgan Freeman, Eudora Welty and Walter Anderson. President of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, Nancy LaForge, has stated that Ivy has made architecture more accessible to the general public and his library of written work across the globe makes him an exciting honoree for the Award.

Robert Ivy was an editor in chief for Architectural Record, which became an award winning architectural journal. Architectural Record has won twenty-six Jesse H. Neal Awards, 7 Ozzies, and the 2008 MPA Digital Award for Website of the Year. Robert Ivy also penned the biography of Fay Jones in 2001, which has been regarded as the highest in standards of design, scholarship and publication. The biography is currently in its third edition. Jones was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the only one to win the American Institute of Architecture’s Gold Medal, which is the AIA’s highest honor.

The American Institute of Architects has seen global expansion under Robert Ivy’s leadership, with new chapters in China and Canada.

The Global Architect Fraternity Alpha Rho Chi awarded him with Master Architect, the only member of the fraternity in the 21st century to hold this prestigious title. Ivy achieved his Masters of Architecture from Tulane University. Ivy received his Bachelors of Arts in English from Sewanee.

Robert Ivy will be presented with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award on June 2nd. He is the current Executive Vice President and CEO of AIA. His current focus with AIA is to make architects aware of their roles in climate change, sustainability and public health.

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