Robert Ivy Honored With Noel Polk Award

Robert Ivy, the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Institute of Architects, was honored recently with a Lifetime Achievement Award named in the honor of Noel Polk. The awarded is given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters and is given to artists connected to the state of Mississippi that are still living and have accumulated a lifetime body of work that is found to be extraordinary. Robert Ivy is the first architect to be honored with the award. See Related Articles at

Robert Ivy can now be counted amongst a small list of highly distinguished Mississippians that include Eudora Welty and Morgan Freeman.

Nancy LaForge, MIAL President, explains her organization’s choice to honor Ivy by saying that he stands alone in regards to making architecture something that is more accessible to the people of Mississippi. LaForge went on to say that it is only fitting that as an author and commentator on architecture globally that Ivy takes his rightful place alongside other Mississippians that have been honored with the Noel Polk Award.

The words spoken by AIA President Carl Elefante demonstrated his admiration for Robert Ivy who he says is an ambassador for the industry of architecture. Elegante offered his official congratulations to Ivy from the AIA.

Robert Ivy is the former editor in chief of the Architectural Record published by McGraw-Hill before joining the AIA in 2011. The Architectural Record reached a status of global prominence under the guidance of Ivy and was recognized with a number of prestigious awards. Ivy also directed McGraw-Hill’s media offerings pertaining to design and construction as the company worked to increase market growth in China and even produced a version of Architectural Record that was published in Mandarin.

Since joining the AIA, Ivy has raised the global profile of the organization and many American architects are working abroad today while having their efforts supported by AIA branches in the countries they now reside.

A biography written about Ivy was published in 2001 and is now in its third edition. The book highlights many aspects of work in architecture credited to Ivy and is titled ‘Fay Jones: Architect.’