The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL), on June second, awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert Ivy. The Institute grants this award to Mississippi affiliated artist and art patrons who are still alive and whose body of work is extraordinary. Former recipients include the late artist Walter Anderson, writer Eudora Wetly, writer Shelby Foote, singer Leontyne Price and actor Morgan Freeman. Still, Robert Ivy stands out among all prior recipients: he is the first and only architect to receive this honor. Read more about Robert Ivy at Wikipedia.
But he is more that an architect. He is an FAIA, an author, an editor, an executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). His work at AIA expanded his influence to a global level. Its membership count is at the highest it has ever been in its 160-year history. Some of Ivy’s earlier accomplishments include a designation of the title of Master Architect from the Alpha Rho Chi architecture fraternity and a Dean’s Medal in 2017 from the University of Arkansas fay Jones School of Architecture.
The president of the MIAL, Nancy LaForge, stated that no one else from the state of Mississippi made architecture as accessible to the public as Robert Ivy. She believes Ivy’s deserves this award for his work as an author, writer, and commentator on architecture around the world. And his peers seem to agree with this sentiment. Ivy’s college and the president of AIA, Carl Elefante, FAIA, said that Robert Ivy is a deserving ambassador for their profession due to his work as an editor, author, and practicing architect. Elefante sees this award as the crowning achievement of Ivy’s career and as a crowning personal achievement as a Mississippi native. Elefante added, “On behalf of the AIA, I am truly delighted to congratulate him on this unique honor.”