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Alumnus honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

April 13, 2018
Robert Ivy, FAIA

Photo provided by The American Institute of Architects.

Robert Ivy, FAIA (MAR ‘76), executive vice president and CEO of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), is being awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL).

This marks the first time an architect has received the Polk Award, which is given to living Mississippi-connected artists and art patrons who demonstrate an exemplary body of work over a lifetime of creating, performing, and/or supporting art.

“When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s really no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy,” said MIAL President Nancy LaForge, in a press release from AIA. “As a writer, author and commentator on architecture worldwide, Ivy now takes his rightful place in an acclaimed list of Noel Polk Award honorees.”

"As the CEO of AIA since 2011, and as an author, editor and practicing architect, Robert Ivy is a worthy ambassador for our profession,” said AIA President Carl Elefante, FAIA. “This award comes as a crowning personal and professional achievement for him as a native of Mississippi. On behalf of the AIA, I am truly delighted to congratulate him on this unique honor.”

Ivy joins a small list of distinguished Mississippians to be honored, including actor Morgan Freeman, writers Eudora Welty and Shelby Foote, the late artist Walter Anderson and singer Leontyne Price.

Ivy earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee: The University of the South and a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. Read more on his background and the award here.

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