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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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.