The Story Behind Robert Ivy’s Noel Polk Reward

Robert Ivy, the CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is no stranger to rewards and acknowledgments. Most recently, he was awarded Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award and became the first architect to receive Polk Award.

Education And Career

Robert Ivy received a masters degree in Architecture at the Tolane University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Art, which he earned at the University of South (Sewanee.) In 1991 Robert became EIC for the Architectural Record.

Later in his career, Robert also became a vice president as well as the ED for the McGraw-Hill Construction Media (which included several magazines, such as the SNAP, Sweets, GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design, and others. Find out more at bizjournals.com

Previous Rewards

Robert Ivy received a lot of rewards for his work. In 1998, he earned the McGraw-Hill Award, in the category for Management Excellence. Also, while he was the Editor in Chief for Architectural Record, they received numerous rewards: the most significant of these honors was the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award, in the category for General Excellence.

Furthermore, Robert earned Crain Award, back in 2009, which is the highest possible award given by the American Business Media. In 2010, Ivy was proclaimed Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi, a professional fraternity for students that study architecture or architecture-related subjects.

He is the only architect in 21. Century to receive this award. Moreover, Ivy is one of seven people that have accepted this award since the Alpha Rho Chi’s founding (1914.)

Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

Most recently, Robert Ivy received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, handed by the MIAL. Consequently, he became the first architect to receive Noel Polk award. The reward symbolically crowned Ivy’s life on both personal and professional level.

The AIA president (also an FAIA, just like Ivy) Carl Elefante was delighted by this news, claiming that Ivy is a worthy ambassador for all architects. Only six individuals received the Noel Polk award, including Morgan Freeman, of which the most popular one is Morgan Freeman and Leontyne Price (to name a few.)

Nancy LaForge (president of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters) said that no one does a better job of promoting architecture and bringing its whereabouts to the eyes of the public than Robert Ivy; this was the reason why he was the one to receive the award.

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