The Chief Executive Officer of AIA was recently announced as the winner of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Following the announcement, AIA President said that Robert Ivy had been nominated by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) as the recipient of its prestigious Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement award. It was the first time an architect will receive such an award considering that it has always been the preserve of artists and Patrons from Mississippi region. Commenting on the News, the American Institute of Arts President Carl Elefante said that Ivy deserves the award. “We are happy to hear that Robert Ivy will be receiving the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement award.
Robert Ivy has done tremendous work at our institution since he was appointed as the CEO and we are grateful that the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters has recognized his efforts”, said Elefante. On her part, Nancy LaForge, President of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters said that Ivy had demonstrated that he was a worthy ambassador for the architecture profession in Mississippi and beyond. “We have been keenly following his work and we realized that Robert Ivy has been instrumental in promoting the lives of people through architecture. Being a writer, author and commentator has made it easy for him to popularize architecture across the country” commented LaForge.
Since he was appointed as the Chief Executive of the American Institute of Arts, the institution has experienced major growth and transformation. He has helped the AIA to gain global attention as well as increased its membership to over 89,000 members across the country. Before joining AIA as the Chief Executive Officer, Ivy served as the Chief Editor at the Architectural Record where he was also awarded for his efforts in the publishing institution. Ivy joins a list of other Noel Pol Lifetime Achievement recipients such as, Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, Leontyne Price and Morgan Freeman. Speaking after receiving the news, Robert Ivy said that he was humbled by the award and promised to work even harder. He is set to receive the ward mid this year. Read more.