The Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Arts Robert Ivy is set to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). In a press release issued on Tuesday, AIA President said that they had received the news that Robert Ivy had been chosen as one of the recipients of the prestigious award. This means that Robert Ivy becomes the first architect to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is usually given to artist and Patrons with exemplary performance in their profession within Mississippi.
Mr. Robert Ivy was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Arts (AIA) back in 2011. During his tenure, Mr. Ivy has brought about numerous changes including the creation of global chapters in countries such as China and Canada. He has also managed to increase the membership of the institution to approximately 90,000 throughout the United States and beyond. AIA is a professional body with the mandate of educating the public as well as licensing architects across the country. The professional body has its headquarters in Washington DC together with over 300 chapters spread across the country.
Prior to his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer at AIA, Mr. Ivy was the Chief Editor at the Architectural Record where he also performed extremely well and received several awards including the National Magazine. On April 2018, news came that Ivy had been recognized by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters and was to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Speaking on the award, MIAL’s President Nancy LaForge said that Robert Ivy had proved to be a true representative of architects across the country. “There is no one who has worked extra hard to make architecture accessible to the public than Ivy. We have seen his relentless efforts in trying to improve people’s lives through architecture and that is why we chose to honor his as an institution” said LaForge in a press statement an more
Mr. Ivy has joined a list of other Noel Pol Honorees such as actor Morgan Freeman, writer Shelby Foote who received the award in 2001, artist Walter Anderson of 1989, Singer Leontyne Price of 2000 and writer Eudora Welty who was also awarded in 2001. The official ceremony will take place at MIAL’s headquarters on second June where Robert will be given his award.