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Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award Goes To Ivy

It was announced on April 11th that Robert Ivy, the Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of the American Institute Of Architects, has been recognized with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. An event in honor of Mr. Ivy and another award recipient, artist Andrew Cary Young, will be formally awarded at an event in Jackson, Mississippi on Saturday, June 2nd.

In previous ceremonies, the award has been given previously to art patrons and artists connected to the state of Mississippi. Ivy becomes the first architect to win the award, joining other standouts of the Magnolia State such as actor Morgan Freeman, singer Leontyne Price, and writers Eudora Welty and Shelby Foote.

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Prior to his work at AIA which began in 2011, Ivy was the Editor-in-Chief of the well-known McGraw Hill’s Architectural Record. Under Ivy’s stewardship, the journal was widely lauded around the world, winning several awards. Expansion into China soon followed with a version of the publication translated into the Mandarin language, as well as spreading into the Middle East. At the AIA, the membership in the architectural firm is at the highest levels in its 160-year history, with the reach of the group always seeming to swell with seven branches globally.

Ivy is also well acknowledged for his highly commended 2001 biography, Fay Jones: Architect, which is now in its third edition of print. The Alpha Rho Chi architectural fraternity has granted him the Master Architect designation, only one of seven such architects so honored in the fellowship over the past 100 years. In addition, Ivy is the only architect in the fraternity who has been acknowledged in such a manner in the current century.

Ivy is a graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, having served the country previously as an officer in the United States Naval Academy.

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