Robert Ivy is the executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), which he holds since 2011. He is a man with an impeccable character and thus making him be recognized as a recipient of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement. This award is given to artists and art sponsors in Mississippi. Before now, no architect has ever won it. Therefore, Robert Ivy becomes the first architect to win the award. He was presented the award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). Check out on youtube for more updates.
His latest achievement has attracted appraisals from associates. The president of MIAL, Nancy Laforge, said that he is a man with an awesome personality, who has made architecture more obtainable to the residence of Mississippi. She added that the award given to him was duly deserved. Similarly, Carl Elefante, AIA president, congratulated him; adding that he is a worthy ambassador to the profession. Other people to have won the award are Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, Morgan Freeman, Leontyne Price and Walter Anderson.
Since AIA existence, it is experiencing its highest global recognition due to his influence in the firm. His impacts on AIA have led other American architects around the globe to practice through the help of the seven world chapters of AIA. This award given to him didn’t come as a surprise to people because he is a previous honoree of the Master Architect award and the Dean’s Medal of the University of Arkansas. On June 2nd, Robert Ivy and Andrew Cary Young, an artist, would officially be honored with the award.
Robert Ivy is a commentator, writer, and author. He published a book in 2001 called Fay Jone: Architect. He worked with Architectural Record as the editor-in-chief. While working with Architectural Record, he helped lift the status of the firm globally. He also helped the firm in achieving different awards like the National Magazine award. Furthermore, he oversaw his firm’s blueprint and construction media during its expansion in China, which resulted in the launching of Architectural record in Mandarin Version, and in the Mideast countries.