Robert Ivy: Honoree of the Noel Polk Award

Robert Ivy, FAIA is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC. AIA is a membership association for licensed architects and emerging professionals. Ivy has worked as various titles throughout the years, starting back in 1996 when he was the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record. His editorial leadership has led him to earn many prestigious honors and awards. For his higher education he earned a BA in English in 1969 from Sewanee: The University of the South and then a MA in Architecture in 1976 from Tulane University. Visit the website Architectural Record to learn more about Robert Ivy.

Robert Ivy was awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award given to him by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). The Polk award is given to artists and art patrons of the Mississippi area whose work of art over a long period of time is considered extraordinary. What makes Ivy’s achievement interesting is that he is the first architect that has received the Pol Award. Past honorees have mostly been writers, actors, and artists. While being honored, the president of MIAL, Nancy LaForge, proclaimed, “When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy.” Ivy has earned his right to be listed among other notable Polk Award nominees for his writings and commentating on architecture. Carl Elefante, the President AIA, has commended the good work Ivy has done and continues to do fro the architecture community in Mississippi. Learn more about Robert Ivy at

Robert Ivy brought his editorial experiences from McGraw-Hill, where he was editor in chief of the Architectural Record. Under his leadership, AIA has grown globally, sending America’s architects around the world for their practice. Ivy has also been previously honored by Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity. Robert Ivy is classified as a master architect, an honor only so few people have been able to achieve in the fraternity’s long history, but the only architect chosen in the 21st century. Additionally, in 2017, he was awarded the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture. Ivy is an astounding architect who is constantly praised for his work. Ivy continues to work diligent to improve the standards at the American Institute of Architects.


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