The American Institute of Architects (AIA) was delighted to announce that Robert Ivy, the company’s CEO and vice president has been honored by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). MIAL, a non-profit making organization honored Robert with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement. AIA had all the reasons to be excited about the award because it is the first time that the prize is being awarded to an architect. The award is usually awarded to living Mississippi-connected art patrons and artists who have produced extraordinary works, worthy of the honor. Ivy, together with Pearl River Glass Studio and Andrew Cary Young of Jackson will receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement in June.
Carl Elefante is the president of AIA, and he was present during the awarding ceremony. Carl was delighted about the award, noting that it was more than a professional achievement because Ivy is Mississippi’s native too. Therefore, Carl views the award as also a personal achievement for Robert Ivy. In fact, the president of AIA was excited about the honor because he also views it as an award to AIA in extension. Robert is honored to join other Noel Polk award receivers, such as the singer Leontyne Price, Morgan Freeman, Shelby Foote, and artist Walter Anderson. In a press release, Nancy LaForge, the president of MIAL stated that the award was given to Robert because no one else has made architecture more accessible to the public as Robert Ivy has done. Surprisingly, Robert is also a commentator, writer, and author on architecture across the globe.
About Robert Ivy
Robert graduated from the University of the South with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He later joined Tulane University for his Masters of Architecture degree. Surprisingly, Robert Ivy worked as an officer in the United States Navy before becoming an architect. Robert also worked for Architectural Record as editor-in-chief before he joined AIA in 2011. While working here, Ivy received several honors such as the National Magazine Award. Ivy has impacted the AIA positively, which is evident in the company’s significant growth in its global footprint. In fact, the institute has the highest membership since its existence in the industry. Robert was also recognized by Alpha Rho Chi, a national architecture fraternity as the Master Architect in 2010. It is an award that is given to the most accomplished and well-known architects. AIA was founded in 1857, and it has over 200 chapters, internationally, locally and in states. AIA engages the public, government leaders and civic leaders in creating solutions to problems being faced by the world, communities, the nation, and institutions.