Mississippi native Robert Ivy, a famed author, editor, practicing architect and CEO and executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects, has been chosen to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The award given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters is open to active patrons of the arts and artists that have a connection to Mississippi. Robert Ivy will become the first architect to whom the organization has given the Polk Award. The award will be presented to Ivy on June 2 at an event hosted by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
Nancy LaForge, president of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters praised Robert Ivy for helping to give the general public access to architecture. She said the commentator on global architecture, author, writer and architect will now be given his rightful place among the list of other Mississippi connected Noel Polk Award honorees. ‘No one else from Mississippi is like Robert Ivy.’ LaForge said. Robert Ivy graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a BA in English. He then earned a master’s degree in Architecture from Tulane University. Ivy was a U.S. Navy officer before becoming an architect.
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As the editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, Robert Ivy helped to make the publication the world’s most read architectural publication. Architectural Record also won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence and dozens of other awards under Robert Ivy’s leadership. The book ‘Fay Jones: Architect’ written by Robert Ivy was praised for its scholarship, design and production by the Art Library Society of North America. As the CEO of the AIA, Ivy has increased the organization’s global footprint with 7 new AIA global chapters in places that include Canada and China.
Robert Ivy has received a wide array of very prestigious honors and awards. Alpha Rho Chi, the 100-year old national architecture fraternity, named Ivy a Master Architect. Only 6 other people have received this honor. The University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture gave Robert Ivy the Dean’s Medal in 2017. Past winners of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award include artist Walter Anderson, singer Leontyne Price, writer Eudora Welty, writer Shelby Foote and actor Morgan Freeman.
Few people have had as profound an impact on architecture as Robert Ivy. This lifetime achievement award in Mississippi is a fitting tribute to this amazing American icon.
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