Robert Ivy, CEO of AIA, the American Institute of Architects, was recently honored with another award. Ivy has been associated with over 30 awards, mostly for magazines he assisted with the creation of. Architectural Record has been given 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards alone. Now, with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, Ivy adds another award to his list of honors.
This year’s Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is unusual in one peculiar way: the award is typically reserved for artists. However, some would argue that an architect is an artist. CEO of AIA, Robert Ivy was given the award for his outstanding architectural contributions to the State of Mississippi. The Noel Polk Award is given out by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. In order for a person to be considered for the award they must first have a career background that benefited Mississippi.
One of Ivy’s peers had kind words upon Ivy’s recognition. AIA President Carl Elefante said: “This award comes as a personal and professional achievement for him as a native of Mississippi.
Before joining AIA Robert Ivy worked at McGraw-Hill, serving as an editor for some of the best architecture magazines ever to be printed. Architectural Record was one of the magazines published by McGraw-Hill and went on to be translated across the Middle East and China.
McGraw-Hill wasn’t the first job Ivy held. He was also a principal at Dean/Dale. He was also on the panel that selected the head architect for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, a memorial to honor the President that had one of America’s greatest architectural accomplishments – the interstate system commissioned.
Robert Ivy gained his expertise in the field of architecture from Tulane University, earning a Masters in Architecture. Tulane University was founded in 1834, and was originally titled the Medical College of Louisiana. Ivy also attended The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
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