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Veteran & Architect Robert Ivy Receives Polk Noel Lifetime Achievement Award

Mississippi Native, Robert Ivy, the CEO and EVP of American Institute of Architects (AIA), has been gifted the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, and is the first architect to receive this honor from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). Prior to becoming an architect, Ivy’s background consists of a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee: The University of the South, and received their Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University, all while proudly serving in the United States Navy as an Officer.

As an architect, Ivy has worked to increase awareness of how public health is impacted by architecture, and how architecture design may be used to better the human condition. Robert Ivy believes that thoughtful architectural designs may work to decrease illness and disease while resulting in a overall healthier people with a better quality of life for each individual. He plans on creating spaces that will lead to an upturn in productivity.


Ivy is not only a talented and innovative architect but also an effective writer with the ability to increase readership. While working as Editor-in-Chief of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record, Robert Ivy helped to launch Architectural Record into the industry’s limelight as the most read architectural journal internationally, assisting the journal in earning a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Previously, Robert Ivy was awarded the 2017 Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture, in addition to receiving the title of Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi, a national architecture fraternity.

Not only has Ivy worked hard as CEO of AIA to make a lasting impact on the field of architecture, but he has made a real difference in the daily lives of fellow human beings while at AIA and throughout his tenure elsewhere. It is no wonder that, with his Military experience and genuine concern for the well-being of others, that Robert Ivy has been blessed with the honor of receiving the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award.

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