The Story Behind Robert Ivy, The Most Recent Noel Polk Award Recipient

The CEO of the American Institute of Architects is the most recent recipient of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, which is distributed by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Robert Ivy, the CEO of the American Institute of Architects is the first architect ever to receive the award.

The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is given to people who currently live or work in Mississippi. The award is typically reserved for artists, but many people consider architects to be artists anyway. Robert Ivy’s award is a huge leap forward for architects all over the world. Not only do architects design effective buildings, they also make them beautiful, lending their own visions to the buildings they create.

Robert Ivy has been the CEO of the American Institute of Architects for almost 8 years now. The company was founded in 1857, and currently has over 260 buildings located around the world. AIA is headquartered out of Washington, D.C. Ivy, in addition to his leadership role at AIA, is also a practicing architect, an author, and editor.

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“When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public,” began Nancy LaForge, President of MIAL. “There’s really no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy.” The President of MIAL went on to say that Ivy took his rightful place among the other Noel Pol Award recipients.

About Robert Ivy

Robert Ivy began working as a principal at Dean/Dale in 1981.

Ivy received his credentials in architecture from Tulane University, earning a Masters of Architecture. His career in architecture officially began in 1996, working as an editor for Architectural Record. At McGraw-Hill Construction Media, serving as Vice President and Editorial Director, Ivy was the overseer of many magazines and architectural journals including SNAP and HQ Magazine.

Ivy has also authored a biography about Fay Jones. In 2001, Fay Jones: Architect was released.