The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) is awarding their Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert Ivy, the Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects. The award is presented to a Mississippi-connected art patron or artist whose effort supporting the arts is inspiring and worthy of such an honor. Ivy is the first architect to receive the award and includes luminaries such as actor Morgan Freeman, singer Leontyne Price and writer Shelby Foote.

Robert Ivy is being recognized for making architecture more accessible to the general public. As a native of Mississippi, the award brings Ivy full circle and is a feather in his professional cap. Ivy is a practicing architect, author and editor who have worked tirelessly on behalf of his profession. Mr. Ivy was the former Editor-in-Chief for the architectural publication Architectural Record published by McGraw Hill. Under his leadership, Architectural Record grew to be a well respected and well read publication while garner a variety of awards including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

Robert Ivy authored a book about Architect Fay Jones. The tome was published in 2001 and is currently in its third edition. Jones was a follower of Frank Lloyd Wright. Jones was recognized for his commitment to architecture, as well as his high standards for production and thoughtful design. Ivy has also worked to bring more exposure to the profession and grow and enhance its footprint throughout the world. Member ship in AIA is at an all-time high and has expanded its chapter coverage in Canada and China. The institute was established in 1857. It works coherently to design valuable, standard and suitable infrastructure within our towns and community. The Institution has its headquarters in Washington DC although it is also responsible for coordinating activities of over 300 other AIA chapters across the country. Aha has more than 90,000 members around the US. American Institute of Architects is also responsible for issuing licenses to qualified architects in the country. Since he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer, Robert Ivy has transformed the institution and brought it to the public limelight.

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Mr. Ivy has also earned other accolades of distinction including being designated as a Master Architect, by the Alph Rho Chi, a nationally recognized architectural fraternity for being effective when communicating the value of architectural design. In its 100 year history, Ivy is one of seven architects to receive the honor. Ivy also received the Dean’s Medal from the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.

Before becoming an architect, Mr. Ivy served as an officer in the United States Navy. He went on to attend Sewanee: The University of the South and earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in English. He earned a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University.

Mr. Ivy will receive the MIAL award at a ceremony to be held in June of 2018. He will be honored with Andrew Cary Young, a stained glass designer, who is associated with Pearl River Glass Studios of Jackson, Mississippi.