The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is one that is only given to those who have attained extraordinary artistic goals and who have a strong connection to Mississippi.
The CEO and EVP of American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robert Ivy, is one of those individuals, as he was recently honored with this award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL), and is the first architect to receive such an honor.
Robert Ivy is an alumnus of Sewanee: The University of the South and Tulane University, where he obtained both a Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Architecture degrees. Prior to working for American Institute of Architects, Ivy served in the United States Navy as an officer. Additionally, Robert Ivy employed his combined education and experience as both a writer and architect while working diligently as an editor-in-chief for McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. There, he gained traction as a respected expert and gained renewed interest in architecture by helping to make the journal one of the most read architectural resources worldwide, even succeeding to have it translated into additional languages for subscription retention purposes.
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Ivy has worked to build his career by paying attention to the specific and unique needs of individuals in both corporate buildings and private homes with the goal of helping to better the quality of life through spatial motivation. Ivy believes that space and lighting can create the right atmosphere for life improvement. Through attentive architectural design, Ivy feels spaces can be used to properly motivate individuals to become more productive. This will, in turn, create a pathway toward happiness and increased productivity for individuals in their home or office.
Ivy is no stranger to positively impacting lives and receiving accolades as a result. In addition to the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, Ivy has been honored with the title of Master Architect by a national architecture fraternity called Alpha Rho Chi, as well as the 2017 Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones. With all the good Robert Ivy has done, it is fair to say that he well deserves the tribute of being honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award.