Robert Ivy Rises Against All Odds To Get The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters went out of the norm to award Robert Ivy with the Noel Polk Lifetime achievement award that is usually accorded to the Mississippi living artists and their patrons. The MIAL president, Nancy Laforge commended the American Institute of Architects (AIA) CEO, saying he deserved the award for making architecture easily available to the natives of Mississippi. His senior Carl Elefante also congratulated him on behalf of the whole architectural fraternity for being a great ambassador for both his profession and the American Institute of Architecture.

Robert Ivy who is a Tulane University graduate started off his career as a principal at Dean/Dale before moving to become the Chief Editor of McGraw Hill architectural record. Under his administration, the record became the most read journal globally winning a couple of awards like the National magazine award and the magazine journalism award. Robert Ivy pioneered the launch of the records mandarin version in China and the Middle East. He was promoted to serve as the institutions Vice President and director in charge of the editorial services.

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In 2010, CEO Robert Ivy was recognized by Alpha Rho Chi, the national architectural society as the ‘master architect’ a title that is held with only six other members since its inception, 100 years ago. This was to appreciate him for his incredible efforts in explaining the importance of design. Before this, Ivy had been presented the Crain award, one of the most prestigious American Business media individual awards. Ivy also got the Deans medal from the University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture. Besides the awards, he has published a Fay Jones biography that is currently in its third edition.

The renowned architect was part of the panel that selected Frank Gehry, an architect given the mandate to create the National Memorial of Dwight Eisenhower. Robert Ivy has now joined the list of celebrated personalities in Mississippi who have gotten the Noel Polk award before like Morgan Freeman, Leontyne Price and Shelby Forte. He was officially crowned with the honor on June the second alongside Andrew Cury Young, a stained glass engineer from Pearl River Glass Studio.

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