Robert Ivy, FAIA, is no stranger to winning. As the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Ivy has led a career full of achievements, both in architectural design and in his contributions to architectural journals and magazines. Magazines under his editorial direction have won more than thirty awards, including the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence, Jesse H. Neal awards, and Ozzies: Folio Design awards. Visit the website Architectural Record to learn more about Robert Ivy.
Personally, Robert Ivy has been awarded a number of distinctive honors as well, including the Mcgraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence and the American Business Media’s Crain Award. He is also one of only seven people to have been named “Master Architect” by Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity which has been in existence for over 100 years. Ivy is the only person to receive this honor in the 21st century.
Recently, Robert Ivy has added yet another honor to this extensive list, the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). A somewhat unusual award for an architect to receive, this is a particularly prestigious honor for Ivy. The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is given to living Mississippi-connected artists or art patrons whose body of work over their lifetime exhibits exceptional performance art, visual art, or support of the arts. Ivy was chosen to receive this award because of his contributions to the world of architecture through his writing and commentary on the subject. According to MIAL President, Nancy Laforge, Ivy’s work has made the subject of architecture more accessible to the general public in a way that no other Mississippian ever has, an accomplishment which MIAL wished to honor through this award.
Robert Ivy is the only architect to have ever been awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, previous honorees include a wide variety of artists, including authors, actors, and even stained glass designers, but none quite like Ivy. By presenting Ivy with this award, MIAL recognized the artistic nature of architecture, bringing forward and acknowledging a field that had previously been ignored, making this an achievement for both Ivy and MIAL. Learn more about Robert Ivy at zdnet.com.