The work of architect Robert Ivy may not seem to be the perfect fit for an award from the Mississippi Institute of Letters and Arts. However, the magazine editor and biographer was recently given the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award previously awarded to Mississippi natives such as Morgan Freeman and Leontyne Price. The Mississippi native was given the award for his work as a global ambassador for American architects through his role with the American Institute of Architects.
Robert Ivy has been working as a practicing architect since the 1980s and found fame as the lead for the Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy practice. The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient built a successful brand before his focus switched to academia and journalism when he took up the role of Editor-in-Chief at “Architectural Record.” The success of his role as an editor allowed Ivy the chance to extend his journalism and business skills through an executive role at McGraw-Hill’s Construction Media. In this role, Robert Ivy was given the chance to extend his design reach by overseeing the work of magazines such as “The Magazine of Sustainable Design” and “Constructor.”
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American Institute of Architects President Nancy LaForge described the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award for Robert Ivy as a crowning personal achievement. Ivy has built on the historic success of the American Institute of Architects to create a global brand capable of influencing the architectural and construction industry across the planet. The Institute has always been dedicated to having a footprint in terms of the political influence the organization has developed. The architectural expert has become known as one of the leading experts on design anywhere in the world with his influence mentioned as part of the reason for his Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. As a Mississippi native, the chance to receive one of the top arts awards in the state is one Robert Ivy is pleased to have been given.
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