Robert Ivy Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Everyone dreams of having a successful life. This definition of success may change from person to person, but a productive life usually leads to a happy life, and everyone wants to have a happy life. So, when not only you think you have had a productive life, but your peers also think so, it’s a sure sign you are onto something there. A lifetime achievement award is one of the highest honors one can receive in their professional life. Robert Ivy is one of the few to win this award, and he earned it.

A lifetime achievement award is awarded to celebrate an entire lifetime and/or career. This differs from many other awards, which are given for a singular specific event or contribution, such as an invention. When deciding who can be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, judges, peers and people from within a field will examine and ultimately vote on the winner or winners based on the entirety of their career. There are many organizations in charge of presenting these awards, representing various industries and sciences across the world.

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On April 11, 2018, the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Robert Ivy. Ivy was formerly Editor-in-Chief at McGraw-Hills’ Architectural Record. Under Ivy’s leadership, the Architectural Record became the most popular architectural journal in the world, and received plenty of awards, as well as launching a Mandarin version of the journal as its popularity grew in China and the Middle East. After the Architectural Record, Ivy became CEO of the American Institute of Architects, or AIA. He received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award from the AIA for his actions in the field of architecture. This event also marks the first time this award has been given to an architect.

The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is gifted to artists and art patrons hailing from or connected to people from Mississippi who have attained special notice and deserve the honor for an entire lifetime of work. Ivy joins an elite group of Mississippians, including actor Morgan Freeman and write Eudora Welty, who have achieved this honor.

The award is the quintessential crowning achievement for an artist, and this is no different for Ivy. Not only is given to Ivy for his work in architecture, but also for his work in writing. His authoritative biography Fay Jones: Architect is in its third edition since its publication in 2001. The novel has been praised by the Art Library Society of North America as showing highest standards for both design and production, as well as its scholarly excellence

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