Robert Ivy, the EVP and Chief Executive Officer of The American Institutes of Architects (or AIA), is receiving the prestigious Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award from the nonprofit organization Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. The ceremony, due to be held on June 2, 2018, will recognize Robert Ivy as well as stained glass artist Andrew Cary Young. Ivy is the first architect to ever receive this award. According to the AIA, The Polk Award “is given to living Mississippi-connected artists and art patrons whose body of work over a lifetime of creating, performing, and/or supporting art is extraordinary and worthy of special honor“.
A Navy veteran, Robert Ivy received his Bachelor of Arts in English at Sewanee: The University of the South before earning his Master of Architect degree from Tulane University. He eventually became editor-in-chief of Architectual Record. He helped the expansion of its distribution branch into the Middle East, as well as started the publication’s Mandarin version. This eventually earned him a National Magazine Award for General Excellence.
Ivy received other honors such as the esteemed title of Master Architect, bestowed by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi. His acclaimed biography Fay Jones: Architect, now in its third edition, earned him the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.
Since joining the AIA in 2011 as its CEO, Ivy has helped to increase its global presence. It has seven chapters around the world, including one in China and one in Canada thanks to Ivy’s leadership.
The AIA President Carl Elefante said “As the CEO of AIA since 2011, and as an author, editor and practicing architect, Robert Ivy is a worthy ambassador for our profession. This award comes as a crowning personal and professional achievement for him as a native of Mississippi. On behalf of the AIA, I am truly delighted to congratulate him on this unique honor.”