Over the years a good number of art patrons connected to Mississippi have received the Lifetime Achievement Award associated with Noel Polk. Eudora Welty (writer), Morgan Freeman (actor) and Leontyne Price (singer) are among the notable winners of the prestigious award.
This year’s winner comes from a less acclaimed industry. Although it brings forth wonderful pieces of art, architecture is widely classified in the corporate field. The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters thought differently and chose on an architect who has turned the world upside down with his immaculate work.
Robert Ivy’s colleagues hold him in high regard and feel that he is a great ambassador of what they do. When speaking about the reward, Carl Elefante heaped praise on him. The AIA president insisted that Robert Ivy deserved the Lifetime Achievement Award as he had demonstrated great skill and diligence since joining them. He could not hide his delight considering that one of their own had taken the art industry by storm.
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Robert Ivy has meticulously handled his roles at the AIA with great ease much to the delight of the president. Other than practicing architecture, he doubles up as an author and editor. It is his ability with words that caught the eye of Nancy LaForge, MIAL’s president. She marveled at how he is able to let the public in on what takes place in the world of architecture with great ease.
He honed this writing skill during his time with McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record where he served as Editor-in-Chief. He took the Architectural Record to the global stage and was instrumental as they broadened their client base to the Middle East. The journal received numerous awards courtesy of his hard work.
This is not the first time that Robert Ivy is receiving honor for his work. Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity, singled him out as the Master Architect. Only stand-out architects have received this honor in the past. I.M. Pei, the Chinese American architect who designed the J.F. Kennedy library, is among them. In 2017, the School of Architecture of Arkansas University also honored him with the Dean’s Medal.