Robert Ivy is the CEO of The American Institute of Architects. Recently, he received a very prestigious award. The name of the award was the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was presented to Robert Ivy by the Mississippi Institute Of Arts And Letters, which is a non-profit organization.
It should also be noted that this is the first time that the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to an Architect. Generally, this award is presented to a living Mississippian that is in the arts or an artist. The award is for recognition of a lifetime in the performing arts or some body of work in the arts.
Many might state that Robert Ivy is in excellent company. This very same award was presented to some very well noted and high profile Mississippians in the past. The list includes Eudora Welty, Morgan Freeman, Shelby Foote, Walter Anderson, and Leontyne Price. Certainly, this is quite a distinguished list of people. Robert Ivy is a man that has also distinguished himself in his career. He is an architect that is leading the cause to make architect more accessible to everyone.
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Ivy has been the CEO at The American Institute Of Architects since 2011. Ivy is also a practicing architect, writer, and editor. Many in the architect industry think that Ivy was the perfect choice for this very prestigious honor. Certainly, it is because of his vast contribution to the architectural industry over the last decade. It should also be noted that Ivy was the Editor-In-Chief of McGraw Hill’s Architecture Record before joining the American Institute Of Architects. During his time as Editor-In-Chief, he increased the global recognition of the institution while boosting the membership to the highest point in their history. Today, there are chapters of the AIA across the world, due to Ivy’s extraordinary leadership.
Nancy LaForge is the MIAL president. She recently stated in a very revealing press release that Ivy is really very unique. There is really no one like Ivy in Mississippi. Certainly, Ivy is a recognized architect. He is also a writer, editor, and promoter of making architecture more accessible to the general public. Robert Ivy is not a stranger to receiving prestigious awards. He received several awards in the past. For example, Ivy was honored by Alpha Rho Chi, which is a architecture fraternity. The award was for sharing his enjoyment of architecture with the public.
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