The American Institute of Architects gave Robert Ivy the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award in June of 2018 at the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Robert Ivy serves as vice president and chief executive officer at the American Institute of Architecture and is the first recipient who works as an architect. The award grants artists whose work is deserving of praise and recognition. Ivy as well as the stained-glass artist, Andrew Cary Young will be recognized. Robert Ivy is an author, editor and practicing architect. He is also a native of Mississippi, further proving his eligibility for the award that honors both personal and professional local achievement.
Many people view Ivy as an essential fixture in promoting architectural development in the state of Mississippi. His book, “Fay Jones: Architect,” was published in 2001 and is now reaching its third edition. It tells the story of a determined artist who is striving to fill the shoes of an acclaimed architect. Before working with the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy was editor in chief for McGraw-Hill’s “Architectural Record,” which received the National Magazine Award for general excellence. He also led design and construction media during the magazine’s growth in China. He launched a Mandarin version of the publication as well as one in the Middle East.
Since Ivy joined in 2011, the American Institute of Architecture has grown tremendously; they have their highest membership count ever in the history of their development. In 2010, Ivy was given a prestigious honor by national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, and he received the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture. Other recipients of the Polk Award include the actor, Morgan Freeman, Walter Anderson who is an artist, and the singer Leontyne Price. Ivy works to make architecture more accessible to people, even as a writer and commentator he strives to give architecture a worldwide platform.