For the first time in its history the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters is awarding the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award to an architect. Robert Ivy is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects based out of Washington, D.C. Under his leadership since 2011, the AIA currently has its highest number of members since it was founded 160 years ago.Robert Ivy has had a major impact on the presence of the American architect on a global scale. Practicing architects now have AIA representation in two new chapters in China and Mexico for a total of seven global chapters.Prior to joining AIA, Robert Ivy was the Editor-In-Chief of Mcgraw-Hill’s Architectural Record which was the recipient of several awards including the National Magazine Award for Excellence.

The publication was distributed worldwide with international versions in China and the Middle East.Not just a global leader in the field of architecture, Robert is an award winning author and journalist. He graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a Bachelor degree in English and earned his graduate degree in Architecture from Tulane University. He also served his country as an officer in the United States Navy.Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, a biography about Robert titled “Fay Jones, Architect” was published in 2001. Currently in its third edition, his work is highlighted and nationally recognized by the Art Society of North America.

Adding to his ever-growing list of honors, the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi awarded Robert with the title of Master Architect. He is the only architect chosen to receive this honor in the 21st century and only one of seven in Alpha Rho Chi’s 100 year history. Robert Ivy is a valuable source of architectural knowledge for the general public and professionals alike. He is well-deserving of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award and an inspiration not only to his home state of Mississippi but to future and current architects on a national and global level.

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