In an event that was held on June 2nd, Robert Ivy was honored with the 2018 Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Accepting the award along with him was stained glass designer of Pearl River Glass Studio, Andrew Cary Young. This great honor is given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
The award is for living Mississippi related artists and art patrons who, over a lifetime, show commendable work in performing, creating, or supporting art. MAIL is supported by the Mississippi Institutes of Higher Learning, is a privately funded, not for profit organization. As the first architect to win the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, Robert Ivy joined a number of past honorees. Some of those include: Leontyne Price(singer), Eudora Welty(writer), and Morgan Freeman(actor).
Robert Ivy earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee: The University of the South. From there, he went on to receive his Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. He served in the United States Navy before becoming an architect.
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Previously, as Editor-in-Chief for McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record, Robert Ivy initiated the release of a Mandarin version of the magazine. While Ivy was in this role, the magazine gained worldwide recognition and won multiple awards. One of said rewards was the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.
In 2011, Ivy joined the 160-year-old American Institute of Architects and is now Fellow of the American Institute of Architects(FAIA), Executive Vice President, and Chief Executive Officer. Robert Ivy is an editor, author, and architect. He released a biography called Fay Jones: Architect in 2001 which has drawn much praise, is now in its third edition.
The President of the AIA, Carl Elfante, called him “a worthy ambassador for our profession” in the short congratulatory speech he gave on Ivy’s reception of the honor.