The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award honors living artists or patrons of the arts who have a significant connection to Mississippi. The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters recently honored Robert Ivy with that award. Making the honor just a bit sweeter is the fact that Robert Ivy is the first and only architect honored with Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor establishes Ivy in good company, as previous award winners include Pulitzer Prize winner Eudora Welty, highly regarded actor Morgan Freeman, famed singer Leontyne Price, Civil War historian Shelby Foote, and artist Walter Anderson. Visit on his twitter account for more updates.
Ivy has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in Architecture. He served as a juror on the panel which settled on Frank Gehry to design the Eisenhower Memorial. For a 15-year period in the 1980s and 1990s, he was a principal at the architectural firm of Dean, Dale, Dean, and Ivy, during which time he also contributed as an architectural critic for a variety of national publications.
In 1996 Ivy became editor of the Architectural Record and went on to become Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, of which Architectural Record was one of a variety of publications. Then in 2011, Robert Ivy became president of America’s premier architectural body, the American Institute of Architects (the AIA).
During his time as CEO of the AIA, Robert Ivy has earned high praise from his peers. Alpha Rho Chi, a national architecture fraternity, has honored him as a Master Architect, an honor also bestowed on such giants of architecture as Mies van der Rohe, I.M. Pei, and Richard Buckminster Fuller. In 2009 Ivy received the Crain Award, which is the highest award the American Business Media bestows on any individual. In 2017 Robert was honored with the Dean’s Medal from the Arkansas University’s Fay Jones School of Architecture.
Today Robert Ivy continues to serve as the CEO of the AIA, and his contributions to the architecture and business communities continue.