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Robert Ivy Wins Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Ivy, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and one of its leaders, was awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award on April 17, 2018.

The prize is given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) to those who are connected in some way to the state of Mississippi. Both artists and patrons of the arts have been honored, including the writer Eudora Welty, famous actor Morgan Freeman, singer Leontyne Price and painter Walter Anderson. However, Robert Ivy is the first architect to ever be given the award.

Nancy LaForge, the president of the MIAL, says that there is no one from Mississippi who has made architecture more accessible to the common person than Robert Ivy. “As a writer, author and commentator on architecture worldwide, Ivy now takes his rightful place in an acclaimed list of Noel Polk Award honorees,” she added.

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Robert Ivy is a native of Columbus, Mississippi, and received a Masters of Architecture degree from Tulane University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) for English from Sewanee: The University of the South. He has had a long and storied career as both an architect and as a writer, having previously worked as the editor in chief for the journal Architectural Record and as the vice president and editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media.

Among his other achievements are serving on the panel of judges who chose the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial’s architect, Frank Gehry. He has also worked as a critic and wrote “Fay Jones: Architect,” a biography of one of the apprentices of Frank Lloyd Wright.

“As the CEO of AIA since 2011, and as an author, editor and practicing architect, Robert Ivy is a worthy ambassador for our profession,” said his colleague, President Carl Elefante of the AIA.

This is not Ivy’s first award, either: during his time with Architectural Record the journal won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence, 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards and seven Ozzies. He also received the Crain Award from American Business Media and a McGraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence.

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