Architect Robert Ivy Gets Big Award:

He has grown the American Institute of Architects, and his career in publishing architectural related books and magazines has made the field more accessible to the general public. Those are some of the reasons Robert Ivy received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, or MIAL. This award is given to people with a connection to the state of Mississippi who have put out an extraordinary body of work related to creating, performing, or supporting the arts. Robert Ivy’s honor marks the first time the MIAL has given this award to an architect.

A former U.S. Navy officer, Robert Ivy graduated from Sewanee University of the South in Tennessee with a Bachelor’s in English. The Columbus native later attended Tulane University in New Orleans, where he received a Master’s degree in architecture. Along with being a practicing architect, Ivy also served as editor-in-chief of the magazine Architectural Record, put out by McGraw-Hill. His work there earned the publication numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He also penned a biography on Fay Jones, showcasing the art of this architect who was heavily influenced by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The book received high praise from the Art Library Society of North America.

In 2011, Robert Ivy stepped down from Architectural Record to become Chief Executive Officer of the AIA. Under his leadership, the organization has seen an unprecedented growth in its membership and reach. The AIA now has seven global chapters, with new ones opened in Canada and China. Carl Elefante, the President of the American Institute of Architects, said Robert Ivy’s background in publishing, editing, and architecture make him a “Worthy ambassador for our profession.”

Other Mississippi natives honored with the Noel Polk Award include actor Morgan Freeman, Civil War author Shelby Foote, and singer Leontyne Price.

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