The name Robert Ivy has been associated with the AIA or The American Institute of Architects for many years. He is the CEO and Executive Vice President for the establishment. He is held in the highest regard and this was noted by his latest achievement. Robert Ivy is the latest recipient of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the first occasion for an architect to be honored by the MIAL or the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
Artists with a connection to Mississippi are eligible for the Polk Award. They must show exemplary work during their lifetime for the performance, support or creation of art. The President of the MIAL is Nancy LaForge. She spoke of Robert Ivy in a press release. She said for his contributions as an architectural commentator, author and writer he has earned his rightful place among the honorees of the Noel Polk Award. She said Robert Ivy is in a place all his own for the accessibility of the architecture in Mississippi to the general public.
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Robert Ivy accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer for the AIA in 2011. He is additionally a practicing architect, an editor and an author. The President of the AIA stated the architectural profession has gained a worth ambassador in Robert Ivy. Carl Elefante also said the award is a professional achievement and crowning personal glory for Robert Ivy as a Mississippi native according to architectmagazine.com. He spoke for the entire AIA when he spoke of his delight in congratulating this exceptional professional with a unique honor.
The list of individuals honored by the Polk award is far from large. Robert Ivy joins the past recipients including Morgan Freeman the actor, the authors Shelby Foote and Eudora Welty, Leontyne Price the singer and Walter Anderson the late artist. The receipt of this award is considered an extreme honor.
Robert Ivy earned his English Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee. This is the University for the South. He also attended Tulane University where he received his degree in architecture. Robert Ivy has made a significant difference for the AIA since his tenure began in 2011. His efforts have resulted in the expansion of both the influence and global presence of the organization. The membership level of the AIA under Robert Ivy’s leadership is at the highest point in the organization’s 160 year history. The official acknowledgement is scheduled for June 2nd.
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