Robert Ivy, the CEO of the Architecture Institute of America (AIA), was given the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award on June 2, 2018. This is the first time an architect has won the award. The award, presented by Mississippi Institute of Art and Letters (MIAL), is given to “living Mississippi-connected artists and art patrons whose body of work over a lifetime of creating, performing, and or supporting art is extraordinary.” Noel Polk award winners include writer Shelby Foote, actor Morgan Freeman, and now architect Robert Ivy.
According to MIAL President Nancy Laforge, “When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s really no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy. As a writer, author, and commentator on architecture worldwide, Ivy now takes his rightful place in an acclaimed list of Noel Polk Award honorees.”
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In the past, Mr. Ivy has received the title of Master Architect for his skill in communicating the value of design. He shares this title given by Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity, with only seven other architects. He received the only Master Architect designation given in the 21st century. Also, the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture had given him the Dean’s Medal in 2017. Mr. Ivy went to Tulane University for a master’s degree in architecture after he attended Sewanee for his Bachelor of Arts in English. Preceding becoming an architect, he was an officer in The U.S. Navy.
Before joining the Architecture Institute of America in 2011, Robert Ivy was editor-in-chief at McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. Architectural Record was spread worldwide and given many awards. During its growth in China, he led McGraw-Hill’s design and construction media, where a version of Architectural Record was launched in Mandarin.
Mr. Ivy has grown the global influence of the American Institute of Architecture. Because of this, American architects who are practicing around the world are helped by seven global chapters of the AIA.
Mr. Ivy has a biography called “Fay Jones: Architect” that was published in 2001. It now has three editions and was cited for its standards of design, production, and scholarship by the Art Library Society of North America.
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