Robert Ivy has received many accolades throughout his career. None of which stands out more than being awarded the Noel Polke Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented by The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). Polke currently serves as both the Employee Value Proposition (EVP) and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has held the position since 2011.
The lifetime achievement award is only given to artists and art patrons that are connected in some way to the state of Mississippi. This award is the embodiment of a recipient’s body of work over the course of their career. For all the hours and days they’ve spent curating, displaying, and advocating for art. Mial makes sure that each individual is worthy of the special honor. Robert Ivy is really honored as he joins a very select few of Mississippians that have received the Noel Polk award. A very prominent recipient of the award is actor and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman.
No one has made architecture more accessible to the average resident in the state of Mississippi than Robert Ivy. He is truly in a league of his own. Mial President Nancy LaForge has praised his ability on multiple occasions. He has devoted much of his life to architecture as an author and commentator and thus, takes his rightful place in the list of Noel Polk Award honorees.
Before Robert Ivy took on the role as CEO of AIA his leadership skills were on full display as the former editor-in-chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. With him at the helm Architectural Record garnered worldwide recognition and was even awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. There is no question that McGraw-Hill benefited greatly from Ivy’s expertise in architecture. He was a key factor in the company’s growth in the Chinese market as well.
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