Robert Ivy Leads Architects; Receives Coveted Award

His peers know that Robert Ivy is a highly talented architect. Now the Mississippi Institute of Arts has decided that it is time the man is given a rare award. Robert Ivy has been honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, following his work to demystify architecture and make it accessible by a broader spectrum of clients interested in putting up well-planned structures; from residential to commercial enterprises. The Noel Polk Award is a rare and highly prestigious honor that is usually given to highly talented Artists and patrons connected to Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

The First Architect

The Noel Polk Award has never before been given to an architect. Robert Ivy happens to be the maiden architect to have ever received the prestigious accolade. It is an award that has only gone to a few other highly acclaimed artists Some of the people in the hall of fame that Robert Ivy has just joined include Morgan Freeman, who is an actor, Shelby Foote, who is a prolific writer, singer Leonyte Price, Walter Anderson and Eudora Welty; being a mix of writers and musical artists.

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Robert Ivy; His Reputation, Performance, and Legacy

Mr. Carl Elefante is the president of AIA. He points out that the architectural fraternity is impressed with the Award, given to one of their own who they believe has been a true leader and professional. Robert Ivy, has written books, he has also edited the journal produced by the architects and has delivered mind-blowing architectural plans that have impressed his clients and the public over the years. Mr. Elephante says that the architectural fraternity in the US and beyond joins in the celebrations of the award because they know that by honoring Robert Ivy, they, too, have been honored. He observes that the Noel Polk Award is indeed a rare honor. CEO Robert Ivy has also collected numerous other accolades before the latest one. He was designated as the Master Architect by the architectural fraternity called Alpha Rho Chi. He has, therefore, rubbed shoulders with who is who in the world of architectural business.


The institute was begun way back in 1857. The core objective of the American Institute of Architects is to provide useful architectural designs that secure peoples structures for today and tomorrow. It aims to help to establish secure, valuable buildings that can stand the test of time and tide. The organization has over 200 chapters spread out across the USA, Asia, and Europe. It has even recently opened the Canadian Chapter.

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Robert Ivy: Bringing Architecture to the World

The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters is honoring Robert Ivy, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President, of American Institute of Architects (AIA), with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Robert Ivy will become the first architect to receive this prestigious award. The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is designated for people who are connected to Mississippi and are active in the art community.

Ivy received praises by people in the architecture industry. The President of AIA, Carl Elefante, believes that Ivy is a worthy award recipient because not only is he a practicing architect, but he has also seen success as an author and editor. Nancy LaForge, MIAL President, believes Ivy deserves this award for a number of reasons; first, because he has effectively made architecture more easily accessible to the public; second, because he is a distinguished author and commentator.

This isn’t the first award that Robert Ivy has received. He was also awarded with the Master Architect award by the Alpha Rho Chi, a nationwide architecture fraternity. Additionally, he received the Dean’s Medal in 2017 from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.

Ivy began his leadership role at AIA in 2011. One of his goals with AIA has been to create a culture that is proactive and influential; as well as to help raise public awareness about the value architects hold. His current efforts with AIA are to help prepare architects with the knowledge and resources they need to battle current issues like climate control, sustainability and how design can impact public health concerns. Since he became part of the leadership team, membership levels are higher than they have ever been.

Before Ivy began work at AIA, he worked at McGraw-Hill Construction as the Vice President and Editorial Director; he was also the Editor-in-Chief of a magazine called Architectural Record. Robert Ivy earned a Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South. He continued his education at Tulane University where he earned his Master of Architecture.

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