The Noel Polk award is a prestigious honor usually set aside for artists and art patrons living in Mississippi with extraordinary works of art. This year, the award went to Robert Ivy, a renowned artist who had made architecture readily available for the natives of Mississippi. He joined the list of previous award winners on June 2nd this year when the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters awarded him alongside the stained glass engineer from Pearl River Glass studio, Mr. Curry Young. Among the people with the accolade are Morgan Freeman, Shelby Foote and Leontyne Price.
Robert Ivy is the deputy vice president and the CEO of the American Institute of Architects and has been in the organization since 2011. Within this period the organization has hit its highest number of memberships. His senior and president of AIA have applauded his efforts saying he was well deserving of the award because he is an excellent representative for both the institution and architecture as a profession. Before joining AIA, he was recognized as a Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi for being able to illustrate the use of design vividly. This came as such an honor being the only architect in the 21st century and among the only seven since the inception of the fraternity.
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He was awarded the Deans medal by the University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of architecture and then got the Crain award from the American Business Media house. Robert Ivy has published a Fay Jones biography, and the book explains in depth the works of an American architect that was a firm believer in Frank Wright. Currently, the publication is its third edition. As a chief editor at McGraw Hill publication, he pioneered the launch of the Mandarin version and led the media publication house into bagging a couple of awards like the national magazine award.
Robert Ivy has created a solid reputation for himself in the field of architecture. He was part of the panel that gave Frank Gehry the go-ahead to design the Dwight Eisenhower memorial and has since been a force to reckon with in the industry.