Robert Ivy, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) EVP and CEO, is being awarded by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. He will be receiving the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award.
Robert Ivy will be the first architect to receive this prestigious award. This award is only awarded to those artists and art patrons who are some way connected to Mississippi. This Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is given to people who either make, perform or support an extraordinary body of art work. There has only been a few Mississippians that have garnered this award: Eudora Welty, Morgan Freeman,Shelby Foote, Walter Anderson and Leontyne Price.
CEO Robert Ivy has been given the recognition as being an architect from Mississippi that creates architecture like none other. He is not only an architect. He is also a writer and commentator of architecture all around the world. He took his rightful place with his award amongst other writers, artists, actors and people in general who have an appreciation for his architecture work.
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Robert Ivy has received other achievements acknowledging his work for his architecture. The Master Architect award was granted to him from the National Architecture Fraternity Alpha Rho Chi. In 2017, the architect received the Dean’s Medal from the Jones School of Architecture from the University of Arkansas.
Before Robert Ivy was a successful architect and being awarded by numerous institutes, he was a young man in college tracing his dreams. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. He then went onto attending Tulane University. It was here that he received his Master of Architecture. Even before becoming an established architect, the young man was an officer in the navy.
Robert has an extensive work history. He was formerly Editor-in-Chief at McGraw Hill. He lead the architecture department of the company. Under the leadership of Robert, the company became widely known. The architectural journal was awarded many awards for its content covering architecture. The journal even won the prestigious National Magazine Award. Robert also lead the company while it was undergoing new construction in China where he also launched another architectural journal in Mandarin and for the Middle East.