The American Institute of Architects known as AIA recently announced they would be honoring Executive Vice President and CEO, Robert Ivy with the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) prestigious Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The Polk Award is granted to both living artists and art patrons linked to Mississippi who have either created an extraordinary legacy via their virtuosity or through their enormous generosity. Ivy is the first architect in the history of the great state’s Polk awards to receive this special honor.
FAIA’s president, Carl Elefante was said to have proudly gushed that Robert Ivy is a “worthy ambassador” for the profession as the serving vice president and CEO of AIA, an active architect as well as an accomplished author and editor. Elefante shared in an interview how delighted he truly was to congratulate Ivy on the rare and unique honor that marks both a personal and professional milestone for the AIA CEO and Mississippi native. Before joining the AIA team in 2011, Robert Ivy performed as Editor-in-Chief for Architectural Record, accruing a number of awards such as the National Magazine Award. Since taking the reins of his new role at AIA, he has managed to effectively increase the institute’s global footprint leading AIA to a membership spike like it hasn’t seen since its founding, 160 years ago.
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In 2010, the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi nominated AIA’s CEO “Master Architect,” an honorary title that has been granted to only the most elite architects worldwide. Other exceptional architects among these honored ranks include Ludwig Miles van der Rohe, I.M. Pei, FAIA and R. Buckminster Fuller. Robert Ivy’s persistent work making architecture more easily available to the public was one of the reasons MIAL’s president, Nancy LaForge felt he was a worthy recipient of Mississippi’s Noel Polk award.
Ivy’s commendations stem from his remarkably vast spectrum of talents just as much as his natural aptitude. Wearing a number of hats ranging from writer, worldwide architectural commentator, author and editor, Ivy has earned is place among a celebrated list of Noel Polk Award winners. American Institute of Architects’ Ivy will join the distinguished ranks of all those honored prior by Mississippi’s illustrious Noel Polk Award including celebrated writers Eudora Welty of 2001, Shelby Foote of 2004, actor Morgan Freeman of 2007, artist Walter Anderson of 1989 and singer Leontyne Price of 2000.
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