Robert Ivy, FAIA has joined a small list of established Mississippians by being honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). He is the first architect to be recognized for this award. The past receipts include Eudota Welty, actor Morgan Freeman, Shelby Foote and Walter Anderson along with a few other artists and art patrons based out of Mississippi.
Robert Ivy was previously the Editor-in-Chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. Under his guidance, the Architectural record was the most widely distributed architectural journal around the world. The record was honored with various awards, such as the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. In 2010, Ivy was titled as “Master Architect” by the national architectural fraternity Alpa Rho Chi, a title reserved for the world’s finest architects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, R. Buckminster Filler, and I.M. Pei. In 2017, he also received the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.
Speaking of his achievement the MIAL President Nancy LaForge says “When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the 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.”
Ivy currently serves as the Chief Executive officer at the American Institute of Architects, where he accelerated the growth of the institute’s global presence. The institute has seen its highest membership level in the past 160 years, with new chapters in China and Canada. His biography titled “Fay Jones: Architect” was published in 2001 and is in its third edition. The biography was acclaimed by the Art Library Society for “the highest standards of scholarship, design, and production.”
On June 2, the MIAL will present Ivy with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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