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Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Robert Ivy

Architect Robert Ivy, who is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects, was recently honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to him by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, making this the first time that an architect received such an award. The native Mississippian is also a writer and worldwide commentator on the subject of architecture, as well as the author of a biographical work called Fay Jones: Architect, a book that was published in 2001 and is still in circulation. Visit to know more about Robert Ivy.

Being the recipient of the Noel Polk award puts Robert Ivy in the company of other great artists that include actors, writers, painters and singers like Morgan Freeman, Shelby Foote, Walter Anderson and Leontyne Price. Before going into the architectural field, he served in the US military as a navy officer. After attending Sewanee: The University of the South and earning a BA degree in English, and receiving a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane university, Robert Ivy went on to work at companies such as McGraw-Hill Construction Media, where he was the Vice President and Editorial Director, and where he was awarded in 1998 for Management Excellence. Follow Robert Ivy at Twitter.

The building design expert also worked as the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record, and was given Alpha Rho Chi fraternity’s Master Architect Award in 2010, an honor that other famous and gifted architects like I.M. Pei and Mies van der Rohe received previously. Another award he received was the 2009 Crain Award, which is considered to be the highest recognition from American Business Media. Robert Ivy has been the CEO of the American Institute of Architects, or AIA, since 2011. The organization was founded in 1857 and has over 200 chapters on the local, international and state level. Its mission is to design buildings, neighborhoods and communities that are secure, healthy and have great value.

After receiving the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, Robert Ivy expressed his appreciation and stated that he was especially honored to be getting the award from an organization that was located in his home state.