Robert Ivy, CEO and executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C. is this year’s winner of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is administered by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, which held this year’s 39th annual awards banquet in Jackson, Mississippi on June 2, 2018. The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award goes to a Mississippi native whose lifetime work in the arts is worthy of attention. AIA President Carl Elefante said, “On behalf of the AIA, I am truly delighted to congratulate him on this unique honor.”
CEO of AIA, Robert Ivy is the first architect to win the prestigious award for his work being an ambassador for architecture. His advocacy and public outreach have helped the public understand the relevance of architecture in sustainability, public health and climate change. Previous winners have included actor Morgan Freeman, writers and artists. Andrew Cary Young of the Pearl River Glass Studio was awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award at the same time as Robert Ivy.
Under Ivy’s tenure, the AIA has more members than the organization ever had since its inception. There are seven global chapters now, in addition to the more than 250 chapters in the United States.
Robert Ivy earned a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. His previous accomplishments include being named a Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi, a national architecture fraternity. In a century, the fraternity has only named seven Master Architects. The year before, Ivy won the American Business Media’s Crane Award, also a lifetime achievement award.
Robert Ivy is also the author of Fay Jones: Architect, a biography in its third edition. He frequently speaks to lay audiences about architecture. Ivy also sits on the advisory boards of several architecture schools, including his alma mater, Tulane University.
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