Robert Ivy And Winning The Noel Polk Award

Robert Ivy is the 2018 winner of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award given him by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). He is the CEO and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA)and the first architect to win. Other winners include actor Morgan Freeman and renowned Mississippi writer Eudora Welty. The award is given to Mississippi natives who have, over their lifetime, demonstrated an amazing track record of making, performing, and supporting art. Nancy LaForge, president of MIAL, cited the work he has done to bring art to the public at large as unique among Mississippians.

Before joining the AIA Robert Ivy worked with McGraw Hill as editor-and-chief of their publication Architectural Record. His leadership resulted in being distributed around the world as well as winning the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He also helped lead the company to expand in China, and launched the first Mandarin copies of Architectural Record.

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While at the AIA Robert Ivy has worked similar wonders and the organization has the highest amount of members seen in 160 years. Seven new locations have been added around the world including Canada and China. Now Robert Ivy is the CEO of AIA.

In addition to these accomplishments, he was designated as a Master Architect by the American architect fraternity of Alpha Rho Chi. In its 100 year lifetime the fraternity has only given this title to seven architects. Robert Ivy is the first architect to receive this title in this century. In 2001 he penned a biography entitled Fay Jones: Architect. It covers the work of Fay Jones and the biography is referenced by the Art Library Society of North America as an example of “the highest standards of scholarship, design and production.”

On June 2 Ivy was presented with the award together with stain glass designer Andrew Cary Young. AIA president Carl Elefante released a statement congratulating Ivy on winning the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award.

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