Robert Ivy is a man who has accomplished a lot in his time on this earth. He has become a recognized architect, received many design awards, has written papers and books, and has even taught. His highest honor he has always said is being able to serve in a leadership position with the AIA, which allows him to guide and influence the careers of established architects as well as support and uplift the ambitions of aspiring architects all over the country. In addition to his accomplishments around the country, he has done great things in the state of Mississippi, and has brought a lot of positive attention to the magnolia state through both his personal philanthropy and his professional prowess. Robert Ivy, who serves as the executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects has now not only been honored by being chosen as a recipient of the Polk Noel Lifetime Achievement Award, but has the added distinction of being the first ever architect to have this prestigious award bestowed upon them. More about of Robert Ivy at Huffpost

The Polk Noel Lifetime Achievement Award is given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, and honors artists and art patrons who are connected to the state of Mississippi. The award recognizes living individuals whose body of work over their lifetime has been extraordinary in the support or the arts, or in the performing and or creation of art. Mr. Ivy now joins a very exclusive group of persons that have brought to the state of Mississippi a passion for the arts and have shared that passion with others. Previous recipients include artist Walter Anderson, writer Eudora Welty, and perhaps most famously actor Morgan Freeman.

Ivy has always held a special place in his heart for Mississippi, he earned his B.A. in English from Sewanee: The University of the South, before attending Tulane where he earned his Master of Architecture degree. He has also always had a passion for being of service to others, as is proven by his career in the U.S. Navy, where he served as an officer before becoming an architect in the civilian world. He has always worked with philanthropic groups, both those connected to the architectural community, and those who serve the betterment of man on the whole. Despite his busy professional life, and his work in philanthropy Robert has always found time for personal passions, and for his family.

The Polk Noel Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed in a ceremony honoring both Robert Ivy and stained glass artist Andrew Carey Young on June 2. It is an honor that will no doubt be the crowning achievement of Robert Ivy’s Career, but will certainly not be his last accomplishment to be sure.

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