Robert Polk Lifetime Achievement Award Awarded to Robert Ivy, Architect

The Robert Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Ivy, FAIA, who now serves as the executive president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will be awarded a lifetime achievement award. Ivy, who is also the recipient of the distinction of Fellow of American Institute of Architects will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL).

Robert Ivy Achievements

Otherwise known as the Polk Award, it is the first time a non-musician or person involved in music, has received the award. The AIA has over 250 chapters with 90K members. Robert Ivy was the CEO of AIA from 2011. Some of his most notable accomplishments as CEO of AIA have been a concentrated effort on creating a new digital infrastructure for AIA, a nationwide program that directs all architects to produce buildings that are more sustainable and have a more significant impact on health and safety.

Carl Elefante Acknowledges Unique Honor to Robert Ivy

Ivy’s list of awards and accomplishments resulting from his many years in the architectural community takes on another dimension of his effective leadership as the recipient of the Noel Polk Award. The President of AIA, Carl Elefante, FAIA, calls Ivy a “worthy ambassador of our profession,” and congratulated his “unique honor.” Ivy is a native of Mississippi, which is one of the requirements for being a recipient of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award.

Noel Polk Award fit for Patrons of the Arts

The Noel Polk Award is given to men and women who have contributed to the connected arts in a body of work who are native from Missippi. This is the first time a native Mississippian who is not a musician, but an architect has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Glass-designer Andrew Cary Young will is a co-recipient of the Robert Polk Award on June 2.

Robert Polk Recipients from 2001-2018

  • Eudora Welty (2001)
  • Shelby Foote (2004)
  • Morgan Freeman (2007)
  • Robert Ivy (2018) co-recipient
  • Andrew Cory Young (2018) co-recipient