Looking back at the role of honor for the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters one sees a who’s who of artists, writers, and actors. The latest recipient of the award, architect Robert Ivy sees the work of this industry specialist honored as MIAL takes a new approach to the award. Ivy has proven to be much more than an architect of note with his work as a writer, editor, and global ambassador also taken into consideration.
In 1996, Robert Ivy became the Editor-in-Chief of “Architectural Record“, a magazine often cited as the “bible” of architects around the world. By the time of his appointment, Ivy was a prominent architect after taking the position of creative leader at the Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy practice before making the move into journalism. Over the course of his career, he has become known for bringing the work U.S.-based architects to the world and helping restore the architectural reputation of the nation.
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Robert Ivy would make his biggest mark as the Executive Vice-President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects from 2011 to the present day. Following the announcement of his Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, Ivy was honored in a statement from AIA President Nancy LaForge detailing the success of his career. Nancy LaForge detailed the work of Ivy spanning so many different aspects of the industry but focused on his ability to act as a global ambassador as his most impressive achievement.
As an artist and academic, every positive aspect of the work of Robert Ivy can be found in his impressive biography of the architect Fay Jones. “Fay Jones: Architect” was first published in 2001 and is now in its third edition and has been praised for its scholarly approach to the subject of the life of Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentice by The Art Library Society of North America.