Robert Ivy Is First Architect Awarded Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

Initiated in 1980, individuals are bestowed honors by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters for creative works in their field of expertise. The awards are presented for works falling within seven categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Visual Art, Musical Composition (Concert), Musical Composition (Popular), Photography, and Poetry. This juried competition is unique to Mississippi, judged by prominent leaders and made possible by the non-profit organization, The Mississippi Institutes of Higher Learning.

The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) has bestowed the honor of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award upon Robert Ivy, FAIA, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of The American Institute of Architects (AIA). Mr. Ivy joins previous esteemed Noel Polk award recipients, including artist Walter Anderson (1989), singer Leontyne Price (2000), writers Eudora Welty (2001) and Shelby Foote (2004), and actor Morgan Freeman (2007).

“This marks the first time an architect has received the Polk Award, which 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,” according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) press release. The 39th Annual MIAL Awards Banquet was held June 2, 2018 at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Mississippi. Ivy was presented the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award alongside stained-glass artist Andrew Cary Young of Jackson, Mississippi–based Pearl River Glass Studio.

“When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s really no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy,” said MIAL President Nancy LaForge. “As a writer, author and commentator on architecture worldwide, Ivy now takes his rightful place in an acclaimed list of Noel Polk Award honorees.”

As a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robert Ivy has been recognized by his peers as being a major contributor to the field of architecture and an outstanding leader within this 160-year-old institution. The AIA enjoys a global reach of seven global chapters including Canada and China.

Robert Ivy is an alum of Tulane University where he received his Master of Architecture degree. Ivy is an accomplished author, editor and true ambassador for the architect profession as a Mississippi native.

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