The Honorable Architect Robert Ivy

In June, Robert Ivy, EVP and CEO of The American Institute of Architects, was awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. This is an award bestowed upon Missippi-connected individuals whose lifetime body of work has contributed to the arts in a profound and lasting way. This was the first year an architect was selected for the honor.

Prior to becoming CEO of AIA in 2011, Ivy had worked for many years as an author, editor, and practicing architect, all in support of the architectural industry.

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This was not the first time Ivy earned an award. When he was the editor-in-Chief of the Architectural Record he was honored with a number of awards over the years. One of his biggest honors came in 2010 when the national architecture fraternity named him the honorary title “Master Architect,” a title this very revered fraternity has only given to seven other architects in its 150-year history. MIAL president, Nancy LaForge, was clear that Ivy has definitely had the most impact among Missippi-born architects. Past winners of the award include writer Eudora Welty (2001), writer Shelby Foote (2004), actor Morgan Freeman (2007), artist Walter Anderson (1989), and singer Leontyne Price (2000).

In June, the Mississippi-based Robert Ivy, CEO and EVP of the American Institute of Architects, was honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Past Missippi-connected artists of the prize include actor Morgan Freeman (2007), writer Shelby Foote (2004), writer Eudora Welty (2001), singer Leontyne Price (2000), and artist Walter Anderson (1989). Throughout his long career, Ivy has garnered many other honors, including being named “Master Architect” by the very revered national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, one of only a small handful of architects to achieve the honor in the 100-plus year history of the fraternity.

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