Mississippi native Robert Ivy is an iconic figure in the United States. As an editor, author and architect he has had a significant impact on American life. Through his work with the publication Architectural Record and his leadership of the American Institute of Architects, Ivy is credited with raising people’s awareness of the important role architecture plays in everyday life. In recognition of the profound impact he has had in the United States and worldwide, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters have decided to honor him with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Robert Ivy’s selection is seen as a fitting tribute for his decades of groundbreaking work.
Robert Ivy earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Sewanee: University of the South and graduated from Tulane University with a master’s in Architecture. He went on to become a U.S. naval officer before embarking on an illustrious career as an architect. Ivy gained national and international fame for his work as editor-in-chief of Architectural Record. During his tenure there, the publication won many prestigious awards including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. With Robert Ivy in charge, Architectural Record became the most widely read architectural publication in the world. Ivy also received many accolades for his book ‘Fay Jones: Architect’.
The executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects for many years, Robert Ivy has helped to enhance the impact and significance of the organization around the globe. Since he took over leadership of the organization, its influence and membership has grown exponentially. That has included the creation of 7 new global chapters of the AIA in places like China and Canada. Robert Ivy was hailed as a ‘worthy ambassador for the architectural profession’ by current American Institutes of Architects president Carl Elefanta. He said the lifetime achievement award is ‘a crowning achievement’ personally and professionally for Robert Ivy.
MIAL president Nancy LaForge said as an architect, commentator on global architecture, editor and author, Robert Ivy will now take his rightful place as a Noel Polk Award honoree. The award is given to people in the arts with a connection to Mississippi. Robert Ivy will be presented with the lifetime achievement award on June 2 at a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters hosted event. Other recipients of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award include Leontyne Price, Morgan Freeman, Shelby Foote, Walter Anderson and Eudora Welty.
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