Robert Ivy, FAIA, has recently made history as the first architect to be honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). The Polk award honors individuals with strong connections to Mississippi who have made exceptional contributions to art throughout their lifetimes as an artist or patron.
Robert Ivy is a Mississippi-born architect who has served as the Executive Vice President and C.E.O. of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 2011. Prior to joining the AIA, Ivy was editor-in-chief of “Architectural Record,” a McGraw-Hill publication which won several awards, such as the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, a rare feat for a professional journal, and the 2008 MPA Digital Award for Website of the Year. During his tenure, “Architectural Record” became the most widely circulated architectural magazine in the world. Since he has served as Chief Executive Officer of AIA, he has been credited with the growth of the organization which is currently at its highest membership level since its inception with seven international chapters.
This is not the first time Robert Ivy has garnered recognition for his work for in Architecture. In 2010, the national architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, unanimously voted to designate Ivy “Master Architect” for his unique ability in demonstrating the value of design. He is one of only seven people who have ever received that honor throughout Alpha Rho Chi’s century-long history, and the first architect to do so in the 21st century. In 2017, Ivy received Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.
Due to his extraordinary effort and impressive achievements in the field of Architecture in a career spanning more than 20 years, the MIAL has rightfully placed Robert Ivy in a renowned list of Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.
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