Robert Ivy, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President was given the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters on April 11, 2018, at Washington DC.
Upon the receipt of his award, a lot of people have noted that it was the first instance that an architect was able to receive the Noel Polk Award. To qualify for the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, one must be living in Mississippi and be able to showcase a plethora of work that embodies a lifetime of creation, performance, or supporting art. The award is only given to only a handful of distinguished people over the years, including Leontyne Prince in 2000, Morgan Freeman in 2007, Eudora Welty in 2001, Shelby Foote in 2004 and late artist Walter Anderson.
Nancy LaForge, MIAL’s President only had great things to say about Robert Ivy. She believes that his work has made it possible for architecture to be easily accessed by the public. LaForge concluded that Robert Ivy stands among the rest, especially in the city of Mississippi, for his dedication in the architectural field. Being a writer, author and influence, Robert Ivy has achieved the paramount of success and earned his place as one of the achieves of the Noel Polk Award.
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AIA President Carl Elefante also commented on this achievement. He believes that Robert Ivy has positively impacted the direction of the organization since being CEO of AIA in 2011. He knows that Robert Ivy is a great ambassador for the architecture field, and he is happy Mr. Ivy’s lifetime achievement. Mr. Elefante is looking forward to more years working hand in hand with Mr. Ivy as they bring awareness to better architectural practices in the industry.
More About Robert Ivy
Robert Ivy is a business and architecture graduate. One of his early careers in the architectural field is being the Editor-in-Chief of McGraw Hill. He was assigned to pool and edit articles for the company’s Architectural Record. During his tenure, Architectural Record became one of the most well-known journals internationally. Their publications received several awards, including National Magazine Award for General Excellence.
After his work with McGraw Hill, he went on to be with AIA in 2011. Under his leadership, AIA grew to have one of the record-breaking numbers of active members since its existence 160 years ago. Until today, Robert Ivy continues to spread awareness the organization’s cause, promote best practices and expand international influence. AIA has more than 90,000 memberships. It was founded in 1857 with 13 architects.
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