The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) is set to honor Robert Ivy with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award in an event on June 2nd, 2018. It is the first time that an architect is honored with this award dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of Mississippi-connected artists and art patrons.
Robert Ivy is a fellow of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), currently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer since 2011. Formerly, Ivy was Editor-in-Chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record, where he lead the publication to become the most widespread Architectural magazine. During his current role in AIA, the association has grown to it’s highest number of members since it’s foundation in 1857.
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The AIA works through over 200 chapters in advocating for public policy that bring both economic viability as well as wellbeing to the public. Its members are committed to adhering to high ethical and professional standards while obtaining from the AIA tools for their professional development in their architectural career.
The honor he is set to receive follows a series of awards and recognition in his career which includes the National Magazine Award for General Excellence and the Premier Magazine Journalism Award for General Excellence, the Crain Award amongst others during his tenure in Architectural Record. In 2010, the architectural fraternity Alpha Rho Chi named Robert Ivy the eighth “Master Architect” in the history of the fraternity and is the only one honored in the century.
The MIAL event will take place in Jackson, Mississippi where alongside Robert Ivy, Andrew Cary Young, a stained-glass artist will be honored. Other individuals that have received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award include writer Eudora Welty, actor Morgan Freeman (2007), writer Shelby Foote (2004), the late artist Walter Anderson (1989), and singer Leontyne Price (2000).