Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Ivy Receives The Noel Polk Award

The first recipient of the Noel Polk Award in the Art of Architecture
Robert Ivy, the CEO of American Institute of Architects, since 2011, has been elected by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) to receive the Noel Polk Award for Lifetime Achievement with Andrew Cary Young on June 2. Andrew C. Young is a stained-glass artist from Jackson, Mississippi. The coveted Noel Polk Award is given to residents of Mississippi who have amassed “a lifetime of creating, performing” that is “extraordinary and worthy of special honor. Ivy is a non-musical recipient of the Noel Polk Award whose works of achievement have been in Architecture.

Ayda Ayoubi, in writing for the AIA Journal reported that Carl Elefante, FAIA, and President of AIA praised Ivy’s being the recipient of the Noel Polk Award as a “crowning personal, professional achievement,” and acknowledged Robert Ivy as being a resident of Mississippi, gave due congratulations to the recipient, also a Fellow of AIA. President Elefante mentioned that Ivy is also a noted author, editor in his field as well as a practicing architect.

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Robert Ivy has amassed a long string of award and honors in his architectural career. Besides his becoming the CEO of AIA in 2011, Robert Ivy served as editor of the Architectural Record and received a National Magazine Award. Since becoming the CEO of AIA, Robert Ivy has increased the membership of AIA members significantly, from its 160-year history. In 2010, Ivy received the title of “Master Architect” from Alpha Rho Chi, both an honorary title and honor from the national fraternity of architects.

Nancy LaForge, president of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, commented that Ivy makes architecture “more accessible to the general public” than anyone else in Mississippi. LaForge went on to mention Ivy will join a list of other recipients of the Noel Polk Award as Shelby Foote (2004), Morgan Freeman (2007), Leontyne Price (2001), and Eudora Welty (2001).

Ivy has served in the capacity of EVP and CEO of AIA since 2011. The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award Banquet will take place on June 2.

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