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Robert Ivy to Be Crowned With a Noel Polk Award


Robert Ivy is the chief executive officer and EVP of the famous American Institute of Architects. He is expected to receive an award from Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, MIAL for a Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the first time in history that an architect will be receiving Polk Award. This is an award given to Mississippi-connected art partisans and artists. They show extraordinary skills in creating, supporting, and performing arts. Robert Ivy will be among the distinguished individuals in Mississippi honored with such an award. Among these people includes actor Morgan Freeman, late artist Walter Anderson, writer Shelby Foote, and singer Leontyne Price among others.

The president of MIAL, Nancy LaForge praised Robert Ivy for being an accessible architect to the public in Mississippi. He is known to be a commentator, writer, and an author on architecture in the world. He is taking his place in the list as part the honorees for Noel Polk Award. Robert is an all-time chief executive officer for AIA since the year 2011. Being an author, a practicing architect, and editor, Robert is a great ambassador in the architect profession. The award is a crown of his professional and personal accomplishments in the land of Mississippi. The institute president passed the gratitude towards this achievement by Robert saying that they are delighted to congratulate him for the unique honor.

Earlier on, Robert Ivy worked as the editor-in-chief for Architectural Record of McGraw Hill. This was before he joined in 2011. He left a legacy and great improvement in the Architectural Record. It became the most shared architectural journal in the world and was awarded numerous awards for general excellence in the National Magazine Award. Among other achievements at McGraw Hill was the launch of Mandarin version of Architectural Record during the expansive growth in China. He led in construction and design media. Under his current leadership at AIA, the institute has undergone significant growth that made it rise in membership level with a history of over 160 years. Other awards that he has received is Alpha Rho Chi from the national architect family. This is due to his effectiveness in bringing out the value of design. Robert won another award from University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture for 2017Dean’s Medal. He is set to officially receive his Lifetime Achievement Award in an event at Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. The event is scheduled to be on June 2.

Learn More: architecture.tulane.edu/alumni/profile/robert-ivy-faia

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