Architect Robert Ivy Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award


Robert Ivy, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, was recently awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). This award is presented to artists who have made a significant impact by sharing their skill with the world at large and making art accessible to the public. Its purpose is to honor artists connected to Mississippi who have made an extraordinary impact over the course of their lives.

Robert Ivy is the CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has tremendously increased the public’s access to art and has significantly expanded AIA’s global presence and influence. His dedication has led to the formation of additional chapters of the organization in China and Canada as well as to the highest membership count the organization has ever experienced. Carl Elefante, President of the Institute, commended Ivy’s achievement saying, “On behalf of the AIA, I am truly delighted to congratulate him on this unique honor.” Read more about Robert Ivy on Crunchbase

Robert Ivy is also an acclaimed author of a biography of the architect Fay Jones. The book, “Fay Jones: Architect” was published in 2001 and celebrates the life and work of this American artist and Frank Lloyd Wright devotee. The Art Library Society of North America cited the book as being exceptional in its use of design, production, and scholarship.

Robert Ivy is the first architect to ever be recognized by the MIAL and awarded this prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. MIAL President Nancy LaForge noted that “‚ĶIvy now takes his rightful place in an acclaimed list of Noel Polk Award honorees.” He shares this honor with actor Morgan Freeman, singer Leontyne Price, and author Ellen Gilchrist, among others, who have been honored by MIAL in the past. Robert Ivy was officially presented with this prestigious award at a June 2nd event.