The nonprofit Mississippi Institute of the Arts and Letters (MIAL) recognized Robert Ivy for the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. It would seem that this is the first time that an architect has received the Noel Park Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, is a highly coveted honor and is usually given to Mississippi associated art patrons who are noticed for their work in the art field, creation in a lifetime or backing art that’s worthy of special achievement. Robert Ivy was given this amazing award on June 2, 2018.
Before Ivy entered into the AIA in 2011, he was the editor-in-chief for Architectural Record, where he was bestowed various awards for his great achievements in the field of architecture. His leadership at the AIA has significantly enhanced the reputation of the institute on a world wide level. Special notice must be given to Mr. Ivy because it has been over 160 years since anyone has achieved such a high level of achievement. In 2010 Ivy was given the name Master Architect by the National Architecture Fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, an honorary accomplishment given to some of the worlds most well-known architects and there are very few individuals in this world who’ve achieve this level of accomplishment. The University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture, granted Ivy the Dean’s Medal. In addition, Ivy is also known for writing Faye Jones (published by a globally known publishing house).
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According to architecture magazine.com, MIAL president Nancy Laforge seems to feel that Mr. Ivy has made architecture more known to the general public and she believes this is mainly due to his stature in the community. In addition, Ms. Laforge believes that Robert Ivy is taking a well deserved spot on this great list of awarded recipients.
Robert Ivy is now an esteemed member of the Noel Polk award recipients, he’s now listed in the ranks of a limited list of individuals to get this covered award. MIAL (a privately funded foundation) created the award to give praise and notice (on an annual basis) to Mississippi individuals who’ve achieved great things. The first award was issued in 1980 and winners are picked by a jury of seven various fields of academics.