Robert Ivy Receiving Lifetime Achievement Award

Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters will be honoring Robert Ivy with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Robert Ivy is the EVP and CEO at the American Institute of Architects.

This will be the first Polk Award in history to be given to an architect. The award is generally given to art patrons and artist that have a connection with Mississippi. Some of the past award winners include singer Leontyne Price in 2000, Shelby Foote in 2004, actor Morgan Freeman in 2007, writer Eudora Welty in 2001, and the late artist Walter Anderson in 1989.

The President of AIA, Carl Elefante says that Robert Ivy due to his practice in architect, and him as an author and editor, it makes him a worthy ambassador for the architect profession. Carl Elefante congratulated Robert Ivy on his receiving an honor that is so unique. He says that the achievement is good for Robert as Robert is a Mississippi native.

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Aside from the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, Robert Ivy has be honored with others honors including the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture in 2017 presenting Ivy with the Dean’s Medal. Robert Ivy was designated Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi which is a national architecture fraternity in 2010. Others who are members of the fraternity are Richard Buckminster Fuller, I.M. Pei and Mies van der Rohe.

On June 2, Robert Ivy will be officially being presented with his Lifetime Achievement Award. Also being awarded at that time is Andrew Cary Young. Andrew Cary Young is a Stained glass designer and works for Pearl River Glass Studio.

The President of MIAL Nancy LaForge says that Robert Ivy is the only person from Mississippi that makes it possible for the general public to have so much close access to architecture.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a membership organization of architects and designers established more than 150 years ago by 13 architects with a mission to promote and support architects and the field of architecture. AIA now has more than 90,000 architect and design members throughout the U.S. and three of its territories, Europe, Canada, and Asia. The AIA is committed to building structures that create safe neighborhoods, but it is also deeply involved in the broader global community. The AIA has as one of its goals to reimagine the role of architects and designers.

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