A Lifetime Achievement Award Boosts Robert Ivy’s Status In The Architecture Industry

A Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is bound to raise the status of any individual who receives it in the society. This is no exception for renowned architect Robert Ivy, who received the award on June 2nd from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL).

He is the first in his profession to receive this Noel Polk Award which is conventionally bestowed upon individuals from Mississippi who have a passion for art and show immense support for art. Ivy is set to join the league of celebrated past honorees like famed actor Morgan Freeman and acclaimed author Eudora Welty. He was awarded together with stained glass designer Andrew Young from the Pearl River Glass Studio.

Robert Ivy has demonstrated exceptional devotion to his work throughout his architectural career. Currently, as the executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), he has expanded the organization’s influence to a global scope. He has also led the AIA to attain its highest membership numbers since its inception. Before he became AIA’s CEO, Ivy worked as a senior editor of the Architectural Record at McGraw Hill. During his tenure at McGraw Hills, he steered the magazine to become a leading architectural journal around the world. He also pioneered the magazine’s Mandarin version and guided the firm during its expansion in China and the Middle East. Under his leadership, the Architectural Record received several awards including the National Magazine Award for Excellence.

When it comes to receiving prestigious accolades, Robert Ivy is no stranger. In 2010, the National Architecture Association gave him the title of Master Architect. This is a title presented to only the best architects like Ludwig Mies and I.M Pei. The University of Arkansas also honored him with a Dean’s Medal in 2017.

The president of MIAL Nancy LaForge was among the first people to send Robert Ivy a congratulatory message. In a press release, she said that Ivy deserved the award for the excellent work he had done as an author and speaker in making architecture obtainable to the public. The AIA’s president Carl Elefante also praised the Tulane University Alumni for representing the architectural profession well.

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