The American Institute of Architecture was thrilled to make the announcement that Robert Ivy, the chief executive officer and executive vice president of the organization is being honored by the Mississippi Institute of Arts with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, given annually to Mississippi artists Robert Ivy has produced extraordinary bodies of work as creators and performers in artistic endeavors, is named for Noel Polk. Ivy’s award marks the first time that the Polk award has been given to an architect. A press release issued by the Institute of Arts reports that Ivy, along with Jackson Mississippi native Andrew Cary Young, will be officially awarded the honor on June 2.
President Carl Elefante, of AIA, did not miss the opportunity to express how deserving he feels Ivy is of the honor. Speaking in the same press release, Elefante relayed that Ivy has earned the honor with his stellar contributions to the field of architecture, as well as his efforts as an author and editor. Robert Ivy worked at Architectural Record as editor-in-chief before joining the AIA in 2011. While with the magazine he was recognized with many honors and was given a National Magazine Award.
Ivy is credited with providing the leadership that has grown AIA to its largest membership in the organization’s 160 year history. Ivy was honored by Alpha Ro Chi, a national fraternity for architecture, with a Master Architect award that has been given previously some of the most famous architects to walk the earth. Ivy has also received the prestigious Dean’s Medal from the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.
Nancy LeForge, president of MIAL, says that she is appreciative of the efforts Robert Ivy has made to make architecture more available to the public. She went on to say she is proud to see Ivy take his place amongst the best artists to influence the state of Mississippi. Previous winners of the Noel Polk Award include writer Eudora Welty, singer Leontyne Price, and actor Morgan Freeman.
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