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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