Robert Ivy: Polk Noel Lifetime Achievement Award

The Polk Noel Lifetime Achievement Award is a prestigious coveted award many aspire to receive in their career. Robert Ivy, the EVP/Chief Executive Officer at American Institute of Architects, has accomplished just that by being honored by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). The award itself is known to be handed to residents in the state who are artists with works that are extraordinary to say the least.

The recipients of Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award have shown tremendous artistic abilities throughout their career and are extended this great honor showing their appreciation. Only a small amount of local artists have received this award. This includes well known actor Morgan Freeman, Eudora Welty, the late Walter Anderson, signer Leontyne Price and writer Shelby Foote. The president of MIAL, Nancy LaForge, praised Robert Ivy by stating that Ivy is one of a kind and illustrates one of the best architectural artists.

She went on to say that Robert Ivy is in the right place among the honorees as he is highly regarded in the architecture world as a author, writer and commentator. In addition, AIA President, Carl Elefante, FAIA, commends Ivy who has been the CEO of AIA, as an editor and a working architect who is an great ambassador in the overall profession. Robert Ivy, who is from Mississippi, is honored on a level of personal and business accomplishments.

Ivy has a biography that was completed in 2001 called Fay Jones: Architect. The book has a third edition and reveals his exclusive work showing his admiration for Frank Lloyd Wright. The book was mentioned by The Art Library Society of North America for it’s stand out production, scholarship and design. Ivy has shown his excellence in communicating design value as acknowledged by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi. He has also received the same honors for the designation Master Architect along with names like Richard Buckminster Fuller, I.M. Pei and Mies van der Rohe. Ivy is the only architect in the 21st century to be selected. In his fraternity’s 100 year existence, Ivy is among seven other frat brothers to get the Master Architect achievement.

Robert Ivy’s accomplishments also include a 2017 University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture Dean’s Medal. Since his AIA time in 2011, Ivy has grown the presence of the organization on a global scale that includes nearly seven chapters. Two of those areas are located in Canada and China.

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