The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement is awarded by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. It’s only given to artists and art patrons that are connected to Mississippi. In all the years this award has been around, Robert Ivy is the first architect to receive it. Some of the other people that have won are: Morgan Freeman in 2007, Shelby Foote in 2004, Eudora Welty in 2001, Leontyne Price in 2000, and Walter Anderson in 1989. Robert Ivy is the Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects, which is also known as AIA. Visit on his twitter for more updates.
The president of AIA, Carl Elefante, was very happy that Robert Ivy received this award. He thinks that Ivy is a great representation of the architect profession. He also thinks that he’s the perfect recipient of the award. The President of MIAL, Nancy LaForge, also said that there isn’t anyone else doing things in architecture the way Ivy is. She said that he shows a passion for architecture and believes it’s extremely important to bring this type of art to people, especially since it’s an art form that’s frequently overlooked.
In addition to this award, Robert Ivy has received many other awards. Some of these are: being named Master Architect by the architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi and the Dean’s Medal from he University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture in 2017. With these, it shows that Robert Ivy really loves what he does and always strives for excellence. He’s all about bringing the best and trying things that no one else has. He first started his tenure at AIA in 2011 and has been able to increase its global presence, as well as its influence. As a result of these things, the institute has the highest amount of members that it has ever had in its 160 years.