Robert Ivy, the chief executive officer and executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), has recently been chosen to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is granted to Mississippi- based or connected art patrons or artists who are active with their work. The award is given out by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL), and some of the well-known recipients of the award include Walter Anderson, Leontyne Price, Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, and Morgan Freeman.
Carl Elefante, the president of the AIA, had some good words to say about Robert Ivy and expressed that Ivy was a very worthy person to receive an honor like the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. He went further to comment about the fact that the award was a crowning personal achievement for Ivy and congratulate the CEO of the AIA for receiving what he called a, “unique honor.” The truth is that there has never been an architect who was selected for the award, which makes Robert Ivy standout as a unique individual in a field that is full of artists and other art contributors.
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Robert Ivy has been working with the AIA for close to a decade, now, and has been able to update the inner workings of the organization in order to bring it into modern times. He has worked with the media to better explain what the role of architecture is in today’s world and has been ambassador for the profession on many other levels, as well. The president of the MIAL, Nancy LaForge, commented that there has been no other public figure that has made the profession of architecture more accessible and relatable to the general public that Robert Ivy.
In the past, Ivy has contributed to other organizations including the Architectural Record. He served the organization as its editor in chief and helped to expand it into the most read journal of its type in the world. During his time with the organization, he helped it to earn a spread of awards and honors in its sector including the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence.
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