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Thanks For Growing Architecture’s Future, Robert Ivy

Mississippian Robert Ivy, CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is a highly influential architect, author, and commentator. In fact, due to his work, he opened architecture to the world.

The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) awards the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award to Mississippian artists, authors, and actors displaying outstanding lifetime work. Robert Ivy is an excellent candidate for such a prestigious award by explaining the value of design, thus expanding the architectural field worldwide. In fact, his biography, “Fay Jones: Architect,” was cited by The Art Library Society of North America for its standards of scholarship, design, and production. It tells the story of an American architect loyal to Frank Lloyd Wright. Thanks to Ivy’s efforts, American architects work in other countries, assisted by several global chapters. Visit the website Architectural Record to learn more about Robert Ivy.

The national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi previously honored Ivy for his ability to explain design’s importance. As one of seven to receive such an honor in the 100-year history of this fraternity, he is the only architect chosen in the 21st Century. Furthermore, Ivy is the first architect ever to receive the MIAL’s Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. AIA President Carl Elefante adds that Ivy is a worthy ambassador for the architecture profession, being instrumental in helping the AIA achieve its highest membership level ever received in its 160-year history. Learn more about Robert Ivy at

As for education, Robert Ivy received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee: The University of the South, and a Master of Architecture from Tulane University. He was a US Navy officer before becoming an architect.

Nancy LaForge, president of MIAL is pleased to honor Robert Ivy with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award; she believes that he made architecture easily accessible to the public. The architectural world is very fortunate, indeed.