Robert Ivy, FAIA, presented with lifetime achievement award

Jackson, Mississippi – June 4, 2018The American Institute of Architects (AIA) EVP and Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, was honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) on Saturday, June 2 at an event in Jackson, Mississippi.

"There's no greater honor than to be recognized by my home state with this award," said Ivy. "Mississippi is the place that introduced me to art and literature. It made seeing and writing about architecture around the world possible. I'm incredibly grateful to this state and to be added to the list of recipients, especially as many of them are my childhood heroes."

This is the first time an architect is receiving the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given to 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.

In addition to Ivy, the award was also presented to Pearl River Glass President and Chief Designer Andrew Cary Young at the event on Saturday, which was held at Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson.

Other award recipients were also recognized, including Knoxville, Tennessee-based writer Michael Knight for fiction; John T. Edge for nonfiction; Jack Spencer of Nashville, Tennessee for photography; Charles Buckley of Tupelo, Mississippi for visual arts; James Sclater of Clinton, Mississippi for musical composition (classical); Shannon McNally of Holly Springs, Mississippi for music composition (contemporary); and Molly McCully Brown of North Little Rock, Arkansas for poetry.

Ivy’s body of work in architecture has taken on many forms. He previously served as Editor-in-Chief of McGraw-Hill's Architectural Record prior to joining the AIA in 2011. Under Ivy's leadership, Architectural Record became the most widely disseminated architectural journal worldwide and garnered numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Ivy also led McGraw-Hill’s design and construction media during its explosive growth in China—where he launched a Mandarin version of Architectural Record—and the Middle East.

Ivy’s biography Fay Jones: Architect was published in 2001 and is now in its third edition. The book showcases the work of the American architect who was a devotee of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Art Library Society of North America cited Fay Jones: Architect for, "the highest standards of scholarship, design, and production."

At the AIA, Ivy has significantly grown the global footprint of the Institute, which is at its highest membership level in its 160-year history. Today, America’s architects are practicing around the world, aided by seven global chapters of the AIA, including new chapters in China and Canada.

Ivy was previously honored by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, for his effectiveness in communicating the value of design. He shares the designation Master Architect with iconic architects such as Mies van der Rohe, Richard Buckminster Fuller, and I.M. Pei. He is one of seven to receive this honor in the fraternity’s 100-year history and the only architect selected in the 21st century. In addition, in 2017, Ivy received the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.

After earning his Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee: The University of the South, Ivy attended Tulane University where he received a Master of Architecture degree. Prior to becoming an architect, Ivy served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

The MIAL Noel Polk Award was first bestowed to writer Eudora Welty (2001). Other distinguished awardees have included writer Shelby Foote (2004), the late artist Walter Anderson (1989), and singer Leontyne Price (2000).

Supported by Mississippi Institutes of Higher Learning, MIAL is a privately funded, non-profit organization. Learn more on the MIAL’s website.

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