For 15 years, Robert Ivy was the man at the helm of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record, the world’s most read architectural journal and led it to many awards like the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. It is no surprise then that a man of such stature, carrying more than two decades of experience in the world of architecture was awarded the prestigious Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL).
As the serving Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, an organisation founded in 1857 by 13 prominent architects to promote and protect the architecture profession, Robert Ivy became the first ever architect to win the prestigious Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, an award that recognises his role in creating, performing or supporting the arts in Mississippi which includes past honourees like actor Morgan Freeman in 2007, writer Eudora Welty in 2001 and the late artist Walter Anderson in 1989.
Robert Ivy’s ability to make architecture accessible to everyone had played a huge part in him winning the award which is not only a crowning achievement in his professional life but also in his personal life as a Mississippi native.
While juggling the role of Executive Vice-President as well as CEO of the AIA since 2011, Ivy has shown an ability to be a multi-talented individual as a writer and commentator when it comes to architectural trends worldwide.
AIA’s growth in global reach can be directly linked to Robert Ivy taking charge. After his appointment in 2011, he took the organisation membership count to unseen heights, creating records in its 160-year long history. Allowing architects from America to work worldwide and connect from far away nations like China through chapters of the AIA.
It is no surprise then that Ivy has been the recipient of many awards and honours such as the Dean’s Medal from University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture as well as the designation of Master Architect, which he shares with legendary architects like Richard Buckminster Fuller and I.M. Pei. This honour makes him one of only seven to receive the designation and only architect to be nominated in the 21st century.
Robert Ivy was honoured on June 2nd with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL), which is a privately funded, non-profit organisation run with the support of Mississippi Institute of Higher Learning.
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