Robert Ivy is one of the leading architects of the 21st century. He recently received a Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). The award is given to creatives from Mississippi who have outstanding works of art and have illustrated immense support for the arts. It has previously been won by several celebrities including actor Morgan Freeman and acclaimed writer Shelby Foote.
Ivy is the first individual from his profession to receive this Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement. He was honored in an event at the MIAL together with stained-glass engineer Andrew Young who works at Pearl River Glass Studio.
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Since he started his tenure as the EVP and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robert has significantly grown the reach of the organization all around the world. He has also led the organization to attain its most substantial membership numbers. Before starting his position at AIA, Robert was a senior editor for the Architectural Record at McGraw Hill. He grew the journal’s subscription and led it to become the most favorite architectural journal in the world. It also bagged several awards including the National Magazine Award for Excellence. Additionally, Robert Ivy guided the firm’s expansion in China where he launched a Mandarin Version of the Architectural Record.
Robert Ivy has received congratulatory messages from high profile personalities like AIA’s president Carl Elefante and Nancy LaForge following his distinction. The latter who is MIAL’s president said that Robert deserved the honor for the great work he had done in making architecture obtainable to the public through his writing and commentary works. Carl Elefante of his part praised Robert for being devoted to his career and representing the architectural industry well.
During his career, Robert Ivy has received several distinctions. The Alpha Rio Chi national boy of architecture gave him a Master Architect title. It is one of the highest distinctions in the architecture fraternity and is only granted to the best architects like Ludwig Mies and I. M Pei. In 2017, the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas awarded Robert with a Dean’s Medal.
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