Among the most distinguished honors for Mississippi connected Artists and their patrons is the Noel Polk Lifetime achievement award. Unfortunately for them this year, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) awarded an architect within Mississippi, Robert Ivy, the Executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). This award tops Roberts accomplishments throughout his career. Together with Andrew Young of Pearl River studio, he was awarded on June 2nd and officially joined the ranks behind previous honorees like Shelby Foot. Besides being an architect, he is an editor and author. Robert Ivy has published a Fay Jones Biography, a book that talks about an American architect who was a staunch follower of Frank Wright.
The publication is currently on its third edition. Mr. Robert has served on a panel that designated Frank Gehry to draw plans of the national Dwight Eisenhower memorial. He got his editing expertise from McGraw Hill an architectural record where he was a chief editor. During his time at the construction media house, they managed to distribute the highest number of the architectural journal worldwide. The record won several publication honors in the industry for both general and management excellence. Among the awards were the premier magazine journalism award and the national magazine award. The renowned architect holds a Masters of architecture from Tulane University despite having done English in his undergraduate at Sewanee, the University of the south.
Robert Ivy has earned numerous awards since he joined the industry. In 2009, he won the Crane awards and a year later got recognition by the architectural fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi as a master architect. This was a tremendous honor for him, being the only artist in the 21st century and among the only seven iconic architects with the title such as Richard Fuller. The MIAL president commended him for a job well done bringing architecture closer to the natives of Mississippi. Having seen AIA through attaining its highest level of success with its memberships increasing, Carl Elefante the president, appreciated and thanked Robert Ivy for being an incredible ambassador for the company and architecture in general. He has established an excellent reputation for himself in the field.