Robert Ivy, EVP and CEO of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) receives the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL), Lifetime Achievement Award honoring his work in the architectural world. The Noel Polk Award presented by MIAL recognizes the lifetime efforts of Mississippi’s finest supporters and contributors to art, music and literature.

Ivy, the first-time architect recipient to ever be honored in MIAL’s 40 year history, has established a precedent for his renowned work in the architectural field. “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. Ivy joins past notable honorees, American author Ellen Douglas, actor Morgan Freeman, and historian Shelby Foote. For a complete list of former lifetime achievement honorees see MIAL’s website.


Ivy, a former Navy officer, has exhibited exceptional capabilities as a leader, author, and influencer within the architectural world and has been acknowledged by many other organizations. Ivy has previously received commendations for his biography, Fay Jones: Architect, and ascribed as the only “Master Architect” of this century. “He shares the designation Master Architect with iconic architects such as Mies van der Rohe, Richard Buckminster Fuller, and I.M. Pei.” For his contributions as editor-in-chief for Architectural Record, Ivy, increased readership, and elevated the magazine to become the most influential architectural publication worldwide. In his short tenure as EVP and CEO of AIA, from 2011 to present, Ivy’s organizational leadership propelled the growth of the membership to its highest level since conception.

Ivy’s accomplishments epitomize the qualifications for this prestigious award. During a ceremonial event held on June 2, 2018, Ivy and stained-glass artist Andrew Cary Young, will be presented with their award. Activities are scheduled throughout the weekend as a part of MIAL’s annual Awards Banquet.

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