Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award Goes To Robert Ivy

by JimHanson82 .

The executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy, was given the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Robert is the first architect to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The list of other awardees also includes Morgan Freeman, Walter Anderson, and Eudora Welty.

The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to artists and patrons connected to the state of Mississippi whose lifetime of work is exceptional. Robert Ivy is known for increasing the availability of architecture to the public. The American Institute of Architects’ president, Carl Elefante congratulated Robert Ivy and stated that he was a “worthy ambassador” for architecture and described the award as Robert’s “crowning personal and professional achievement.”

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Robert Ivy joined the American Institute of Architects in 2011 and has helped to expand the organization’s presence globally. The Mississippi native previously worked as editor in chief of Architectural Record. Architectural Record also had its presence spread globally under Robert Ivy’s leadership. Under Ivy’s leadership McGraw-Hill’s media has seen growth in both the Middle East and China.

Some of Robert Ivy’s other accomplishments are being awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence and launching a Mandarin version of Architectural Record. The awardee earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee and attended Tulane University where he earned a Master of Architecture. Ivy is a former service U.S. Navy veteran. For his ability to communicate the high value of design Ivy was honored by the Alph Rho Chi architecture fraternity. He is designated a Master Architect, as was Mies van der Rohe, I.M. Pei, and Richard Buckminster Fuller. Only seven architects have received this honor in the century long history of the Alpha Rho Chi fraternity.

Ivy also works as an author and published “Fay Jones: Architect” in 2001; a biography that exhibits the work of another very successful architect.

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