Robert Ivy, FAIA, who serves as executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), has been awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). The announcement marks the first time an architect has received the Polk Award, which recognizes “living Mississippi-connected artists and art patrons whose body of work over a lifetime of creating, performing, and/or supporting art is extraordinary.” Past honorees include writer Eudora Welty, actor Morgan Freeman, and artist Walter Anderson.
“When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s really no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy,” said MIAL President Nancy LaForge. “As a writer, author and commentator on architecture worldwide, Ivy now takes his rightful place in an acclaimed list of Noel Polk Award honorees.”
“As the CEO of AIA since 2011, and as an author, editor and practicing architect, Robert Ivy is a worthy ambassador for our profession,” added AIA President Carl Elefante, FAIA. “This award comes as a crowning personal and professional achievement for him as a native of Mississippi. On behalf of the AIA, I am truly delighted to congratulate him on this unique honor.”
Since beginning his tenure with AIA in 2011, Ivy has expanded the global presence and influence of the organization, which is currently at its highest membership level in its 160-year history. Ivy will be officially acknowledged during a June 2 event.