As a practicing civil engineer today, I can truly respect the work of architects whom I have had the pleasure of working with throughout my professional career. In the civil engineering world, they can be looked upon as being aesthetically oriented professionals which is unfair bias for the profession.
In this writing, we will recap two articles about one such notable architect named Robert Ivy who has influenced the architectural practice for the benefit of the profession. We will specifically look at Robert’s achievement of being awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award.
According to a June 2018 article by Archinect.com, Robert Ivy will be receiving the above-named award that has been awarded to many notable figures including actor Morgan Freeman and entertainer Leontyne Price. The award is given to Mississippi natives who have shown a lifetime of supporting a unique art form in their profession. Robert Ivy is no stranger to the architecture world as he is currently the CEO and EVP of the AIA, which is one of the highest ranks in the profession. The article also states that Robert is an accomplished writer for the practice and has published a biography title “Fay Jones, Architect” and has also served as editor-in-chief of “Architectural World” which is published by McGraw Hill Company. The subject article notes that Robert has also received the notable title of Master Architect from his affiliation with Alpha Rho Chi, the national fraternity for architects, and the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.
In an April 2018 Tulane School of Architecture article, they noted that this was the first time that an architect received the prestigious award, which mainly recognizes Mississippi artists. The article quotes MIAL President Nancy LaForge giving high praise to Robert as she is quoted as saying: “As a writer, author and commentator on architecture worldwide, Ivy now takes his rightful place in an acclaimed list of Noel Polk Award honorees.”. Fellow AIA President Carl Elefante also gives Robert recognition by stating the award represents “…a crowning personal and professional achievement for him as a native of Mississippi…”.
Robert Ivy has also received a number of awards for his work in architecture including the Crain Award in 2009, which is regarded as a high achievement in American business media. Under his leadership with Architectural World, the journal received several Neal and Ozzie Awards.