Robert Ivy, the Chief Executive Officer and EVP of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is being honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, which is being given to him by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. The award is handed out to Mississippi-based art patrons or artists, but Ivy is the first architect to ever receive the award. Walter Anderson, Leontyne Price, Eudora Welty, and Morgan Freeman are all people who have won the award in the past, and it is the entire body of work these people did over the course of their life that made them stand out as people who deserved the honor.
Nancy LaForge, the President of the MIAL, commented that Robert Ivy has made architecture more accessible to the general public and went on further to list off what makes him so special. Part of this includes him being an author, writer, and commentator on the world of architecture. Carl Elefante, President of the AIA, remarked that Ivy is completely worthy of receiving the award and that it indicates his professional achievement as a native to the state of Mississippi. He also added that he was more than happy to congratulate Ivy for receiving the Noel Polk award.
Before working with the AIA, Robert Ivy served McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record as its Editor-in-Chief, and he steered the publication to success as it became the most circulated architectural journal in the world. Ivy was also responsible for the growth of the publications Chinese arm where a Mandarin version of it exists. On top of this, the Architectural Record received a spread of awards during the time that Ivy was in a leadership position. One of these awards was the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence.
Robert Ivy earned his Bachelor of Arts in English while attending Sewanee: The University of the South. He decided to continue his education and received his Masters of Architecture Degree from Tulane University. He also served in the U.S. Navy as an officer. Robert Ivy was honored with the Crain Award in 2009, which is the American Business Media’s highest honor they can bestow upon a person. He also earned the McGraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence prior to this. It is the hope of Robert Ivy that the profession of architecture will begin to be more prominently featured and appreciated as it shapes the very world around us that we live and work in on a daily basis.
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