Robert Ivy proudly holds the position of executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Institute of Architects. And, while those positions are quite notorious in and of themselves, Robert Ivy also recently won another honor.Robert Ivy was chosen to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was presented to him by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. As if earning this award wasn’t prestigious enough, Robert Ivy also has the distinction of being the first architect to receive it.
The Polk Award is given to Mississippi-related artists or art patrons who have contributed to the arts in such a way to have a lasting impact and to deserve honoring in the eyes of the organization. By winning this award, Ivy is in good company. Past people who have had the honor include famed actor Morgan Freeman, author Eudora Welty, and artist Walter Anderson, among others.Like the other notable winners of this fine award, Ivy, who was born in Mississippi, has made several contributions to the artistic world. He has served as the CEO of the American Institute of Architects since 2011. He has also worked as both an author and an editor. And, of course, he is still a practicing and much celebrated architect.
While the lifetime achievement award is certainly an important honor, it is not the first that Ivy has had the pleasure of receiving. He was designated a Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi, a national fraternity for architects. He also won the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture last year.Not all of his awards are recent either. Ivy was once the editor in chief for Architectural Record, a magazine, and won a national magazine award for his hard work and dedication to the publication.With a long history of dedication to the arts and, more specifically, to architecture and its commentary, it is easy to see why Ivy deserves this prestigious award, which he officially received at a June 2nd event.