Robert Ivy Earns Prestigious Mississippi Institute Of Arts And Letters Award

Executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robert Ivy was awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award in April 2018. The prestigious Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) Award marks a significant accomplishment as Robert Ivy is the first architect to win. The MIAL Award is given to Mississippi artists and patrons that have either created, performed or extraordinarily supported art.

Ivy joins the ranks of big names like Eudora Welty, Morgan Freeman, and Walter Anderson. He earned the award for his expansion of the global presence of the 160-year organization that has lead to easier access to architecture to the general public. This impressive expansion includes new national chapters in China and Canada. Robert Ivy is the CEO of AIA.

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Before joining the AIA in 2011, Ivy worked as the editor-in-chief of the Architectural Record. The publication is distributed worldwide and has won an impressive array of awards including the elusive National Magazine Award for General Excellence. During Ivy’s tenure as editor-in-chief, he oversaw the expansion of the publication into the Middle East and China. Ivy’s China expansion saw the release of a Mandarin translation of the Architectural Record. Robert Ivy previous won the Master of Architecture award (the only one to win it in the 21st century) from Alpha Rho Chi for his ability to communicate the value of design to a broad audience and the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture. Alpa Rho Chi has only presented the Master of Architecture seven times in their 100-year history with previous recipients Mies van der Rohe, Richard Buckminster Fuller, and I.M. Pei.

With the organization boosting its highest membership levels ever, AIA President Carl Elefante declared Ivy as a “worthy ambassador for our profession.”MIAL President Nancy LaForge added that “When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy. As a writer, author and commentator on architecture worldwide, Ivy now takes his rightful place in an acclaimed list of Noel Polk Award honorees.” Robert Ivy will be present with the award June 2nd at an official event honoring the occasion.

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