Accomplishments and Honors
Robert Ivy, CEO of the American Institute of Architects, is being awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, which is granted by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. The Noel Polk Award is offered to Mississippi residents who have produced a body of works considered to have enriched society. The Noel Polk Award has been given to a variety of arts as visual arts, photography, poetry, fiction and nonfiction, composition (classical), composition(contemporary) The Noel Polk Award was begun in 1980. Since 1980, this is the first time an Architect has been a Noel Polk Award recipient. Robert Ivy is being honored with the award for his many contributions as author, commentator, and design in the field of Architecture. He now joins a distinguished group of honorees who have received the Noel Polk Award: Morgan Freeman, Walker Percy, Leontyne Price, Larry Brown and Beverly Lowry. The award is given each year and awarded by the votes of those on the committee who are experts in the seven fields of expertise assigned. Find out more about Robert Ivy at discoverorg.com
The President of AIA, also a Fellow AIA along with Robert Ivy, commented that this award comes a long list of accomplishments and a distinguished career of Robert Ivy. The president of MIAL, Nancy LaForge mentioned that the award is given to Robert Ivy because of his many contributions to Architecture both as an author and commentator and a skilled architecture and who has made architecture “more accessible to the general public.” Among the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, along with Robert Ivy, are Eudora Welty, Morgan Freeman, and Walter Anderson. The Noel Polk Award is given out in a different city each year.
Ivy received his architecture degree from Tulane University and recently has been named “Master Architect” by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi in 2010. The title “Master Architect” has only been awarded to six other architects in its history such as R. Buckminster Fuller and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and I.M. Pei.