On June 2nd, 2018, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters presented the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert Ivy, American Institute of Architects’ chief executive officer. Ivy was awarded alongside a stained -glass designer called Andrew Cary Young. He has left an indelible mark with this award, being the first architect ever to be presented with it. The Noel Polk is conventionally awarded to local Mississippi artists with magnificent works of art and is devoted to supporting arts. Previous honorees of this award include writer Walter Anderson and entertainer Morgan Freeman.
Since Robert Ivy began his tenure as the CEO of AIA and vice president of the American Institute of Architects, the organization has grown tremendously to attain global recognition and influence. He has managed to illustrate the importance of architecture o the growth of the United States. He has also ensured that architects who practice in the United States follow a rigid set of instructions to ensure productivity is boosted in the architectural industry.
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Robert Ivy’s achievements architecture cannot be downplayed. Before joining the American Institute of Architects, he worked as the editor in chief at McGraw Hill Construction. He oversaw the expansion of the Architectural Record to become the most circulated architecture magazine in the world. He also helped to pioneer a Mandarin version of the journal. The journal bagged several awards under his supervision like the premier magazine journalism award. Robert Ivy also spearheaded the growth of McGraw Hill in China and the Middle East.
Robert ivy is an esteemed author whose biography Fay Jones: Architect is in its third edition and a global speaker on issues affecting architecture such as climate change, politics and social questions regarding architecture. He has received several honors for his works including the Dean’s Medal from the Arkansas university and being named Master Architect by the National Architecture Body. The American Business Media presented him with the Chain Award which is given to highly distinguished individuals.
The president of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, Nancy LaForge congratulated Robert Ivy and said he was worthy of the award because of his efforts in making architecture readily available to the public. Carl Elefante, the director of the American Institute of Architects, applauded Ivy for receiving this exclusive honor. He added that Ivy represented the architecture profession well and this award would inspire other architects and solidify the public’s trust in the American Institute of Architects.
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