Robert Ivy is the chief executive officer and executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and he was recently awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was given to Robert Ivy by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, and he received it alongside Andrew Cary Young of Pearl River Glass Studio who is a glass designer. The Noel Polk Lifetime award is given to Mississippi-based artists and art patrons who have a lifetime of work that has had a real effect on the industry they operate in. Previous winners of the prestigious award include Walter Anderson, Morgan Freeman, Shelby Foote, Leontyne Price, and Eudora Welty. Learn more about Robert Ivy at zdnet.com.
Carl Elefante, president of the AIA, was on-hand as Robert Ivy received the award and commented that Ivy is a solid ambassador for the profession of architecture. He pointed out that Ivy has been serving the AIA as its CEO since 2011 and that he has made many contributions to the field as an editor, author, and architect who is currently practicing in his field. Elefante also noted that as a Mississippi native, Robert Ivy should be very proud to receive an award of such rarity.
Nancy LaForge, president of the MIAL, also had many good things to say about Robert Ivy and admitted that his work has been the reason why architecture has been made more accessible to the public at large and that Ivy is a very unique Mississippi-based artist. She praised him for his work as an international architect and commented that he completely deserved to win the award. What many people don’t know is that there has never been an architect that has been given the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, which makes him the first.
Robert Ivy has been continuing to expand the global presence of the AIA as well as its influence since 2011. Today, the organization is enjoying its highest level of membership since its founding 160 years ago. Ivy has also been able to bring the organization into the 21st century and continues to explain the importance of architecture to the public.