The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters will honor the EVP and CEO of American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robert Ivy, with the coveted Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The award goes to the most active Mississippi connected art patron and artists, but Robert Ivy will be the first architect to receive this prestigious award. The late Walter Anderson, Morgan Freeman, Eudora Welty, writer Shelby Foote, and singer Leontyne Prince are the previous honorees of the Polk Award. Visit architectmagazine.com to know more about Robert Ivy.
Carl Elefante, the President of AIA, praised the shortlisting of Mr. Ivy saying that as a practicing architect, editor, and author, the CEO of AIA was a worthy ambassador for the firm’s profession. The Polk Award crowns Mr. Ivy for his professional and personal achievements as a Mississippi native. Mr. Carl Elefante said that he was delighted to congratulate Robert Ivy on behalf of AIA for winning such a unique honor. Mr. Ivy also earned several other accolades in the past including the 2017 Dean’s Medal and the designation Master Architect from the University of Arkansas School of Architecture and the National Architect Fraternity Alpha Rho Chi respectively. The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters will present the award to Mr. Ivy along with Andrew Cary Young, a stained-glass designer at Perl River Glass Studio on June 2.
Robert Ivy went to the Sewanee University where his relentless efforts earned him a Bachelor of Art in English and later on joined Tulane University to pursue his Master of Architecture. Mr. Ivy began working for Architectural Record in 1996 as the Editor in Chief. Later on, he joined McGraw-Hill Construction media as Vice President and Editorial Director. Mr. Ivy was also a panelist during the selection of Frank Gehry to design Eisenhower Memorial. He worked for Dean &Ivy as well as a critique of various national publications between 1981 and 1996. Mr. Robert Ivy helped Architectural Records win numerous prestigious awards including the American Society Magazine Award, which is the premier magazine journalism award for excellence in publication. The American Business Media honored Ivy with the coveted Crain Award in 2009 for his outstanding performance as an editor and author. Follow Robert Ivy at Twitter.