In a ceremony that was organized by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) on the 2nd of June 2018, Robert Ivy was among the outstanding award winners to be honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement award alongside Andrew Young from the Pearl River Glass Studio. This award is customarily set aside for exceptional Mississippi connected creatives and backers thus considered as one of Roberts most significant accomplishment. The American Institute of Architects(AIA) CEO, Robert Ivy was applauded by the MIAL president, Nancy Laforge on his attainment of the award because unlike any other individual in Mississippi, he had made architecture so available to the common man.
Robert automatically joined the list of the Mississippi artists who were previous holders of the award like Leontyne Price, Morgan Freeman, and Shelby Foote. Before Joining AIA in 2011, Robert Ivy was the Vice president of the McGraw Hill Record and architectural record publishing journals. During his time at the media construction house, the record distributed the highest number of copies worldwide and was nominated for several publishing awards that they won. Among the awards is the national magazine award by the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Management Excellence award that he got in 1998. In 2010, Robert Ivy was voted anonymously by the Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity and crowned a master architect.
He is the only architect in the 21st-century holding the title and one of the only seven architects referred by it since the establishment of the architectural society. He was awarded the Deans medal from the Fay Jones School of Architecture in the University of Arkansas and given one of the most prestigious recognition by the American Business Media, The Crain Award. Mr. Robert Ivy has published a Fay Jones Biography, a book speaking about an American architect who was a staunch follower of Frank Wright. Besides, he was part of the Panel that gave Frank Gehry the mandate to design a national memorial for Dwight Eisenhower. The AIA president commended him for a job well done and added that Ivy deserved the Lifetime achievement award as a crown for both his personal and professional fulfillment.