On June 2nd, Robert Ivy received a Noel Polk Award that marked the highlight of his career in 2018. The architect is the first from his profession to earn the honor from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) which is given to artists from Mississippi who have excellent creative works or display immense support for creativity. He received the award together with Andrew Young who is a stained-glass designer at the Pearl River Glass Studio. Robert joins the ranks of previous celebrated honorees like famous actor Morgan Freeman, singer Leontyne price and author Eudora Welty.
Robert Ivy has displayed great passion and devotion to his work in the course of his career. As AIA’s executive vice president, he has stretched the organization’s influence globally and led it to attain its highest membership levels. Before he started working at AIA, Robert was a senior editor for the Architectural Record at McGraw Hill. He successfully led the firm’s growth in the Middle East and China where he debuted a Mandarin copy of the Architectural Record. He also steered the Magazine to become the most disseminated architectural magazine in the world. Under his guidance, the architectural Record won many awards including the National Magazine Award for Excellence.
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Robert Ivy is the author of Fay Jones biography. It is in its third edition, and it demonstrates the works of an American architect who was a supporter of Rank Wright. Robert has received many accolades for his works during his career. He was recognized as a Master Architect by the Alpha Rio Chi national fraternity of architects in 2010. He was also distinguished with a Dean’s Medal by the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.
Nancy LaForge and Carl Elefante are among the notable personalities that applauded Robert Ivy for his accomplishment. Nancy who is the president of MIAL pointed out in a press release that Robert deserved to be acknowledged for his initiatives as a writer and speaker to bring architecture closer to the public. Carl Elefante also congratulated the Tulane University alumnus for his excellent work in representing the architectural community well.