The Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of the American Institute of Arts has been chosen to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The announcement was made by the AIA President through a press release issued early this week. The Award is being given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letter (MIAL), a nonprofit institution. It is the first time the institution is giving the award to an architect. Previously the award has been going to artist and patrons who have excelled in their careers within the Mississippi region.
Reacting to the news, AIA President Carl Elefante, FAIA, said that Robert Ivy was a true representative of the Architectural profession and that he rightfully deserved the award. “I have worked with Robert Ivy for several years and I can attest that he is a true ambassador of our institution. I was happy to hear that the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters had recognized his efforts and awarded him with the Lifetime Achievement award”, said Elefante.
On her part, MIAL’s president Nancy LaForge congratulated Mr. Ivy describing him as a champion of architecture. “Mr. Robert Ivy has demonstrated that indeed there is nothing which cannot be achieved with determination. There is no one in Mississippi who has tried to make architecture available to the public like Robert Ivy. That is why as an institution we decided to recognize his efforts and honor him with this prestigious award”, added Nancy. Before joining the American Institute of Arts, Mr.Ivy served as the editor-in-chief of the Architectural Record where he built a great reputation and received several awards such as the National Magazine award among others.
Since joining the American Institute of Arts, Mr. Ivy has brought about numerous changes and has significantly lifted the status of the institution to international standards. He has been on the forefront championing the diversification of architects across the country in order to use architecture to improve the lives of people, especially in the community health sector.
Robert Ivy has joined a group of a few famous individuals who have previously received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. They include actor Morgan Freeman who was awarded in 2007, writers Shelby Foote and Eudora Welty of 2001, Singer Leontyne Price (2000) and artist Walter Anderson who received the award in 1989. Mr. Ivy will officially receive the award mid this year alongside another individual from Mississippi.