In the recent news, Robert Ivy will receive the Noel Polk Award. It is Lifetime Achievement Award by the Institute of Arts and Letters in Mississippi. Robert is the Chief Executive Officer and EVP of the American Institute of Architects. He is the first architect to receive the Polk Award from the diverse current group of Mississippi artists and art patrons. The award is given to those artists whose work in designing, performing and supporting art is exemplary and honorable. Ivy will be presented with the award alongside Andrew Cary Young of Jackson, a stained-glass artist at an event scheduled on June 2.
According to the President of the American Institute of Architects Carl Elefante, Ivy is the most suitable ambassador for that profession category. He has successfully performed as the CEO of AIA as well as an author, editor and a talented architect. The award proves a worthwhile prize for his personal and professional achievements in his field as an indigenous Mississippi. It is truly a unique, lifetime honor. In the previous years, Morgan Freeman, Leontyne Price (singer) among other artists featured in similar honors.
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Before embarking on his career journey at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2011, Robert Ivy worked as the Chief Editor for Architectural Record. During this position, he received various awards including one from a National Magazine. Besides, Architectural Record emerged as the most widely released architectural journal of its time all around the globe. Additionally, he headed the McGraw- Hill’s media on design and construction during its extensive growth in China. While at it, he successfully designed the Mandarin version of Architectural Record as well as one for the Middle East. His excellent leadership skills are a major factor towards the significant growth of the institute’s blueprint globally. As AIA marks its 60-years history, it has effectively attained the highest membership level all around the world. In further records, Ivy was recognized with an honorary title as the master architect by the national architectural fraternity Alpha Rho Chi. The title places him in a similar page with the likes of Mies Van der Rohe, Buckminster Fuller, I. M. Pei and the 2017 Dean’s Medal from the Arkansas Fay Jones University, School of Architecture.
As such, the President of MIAL, Nancy LaForge named Robert Ivy as the only most experienced architect from Mississippi in making architecture more accessible to the general public. The position at Noel Polk Award honorees places him at his rightful place as a worldwide writer, author, and architectural commentator.
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