Robert Ivy has cemented his name in the field of architecture especially after bagging the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. The Chief Executive Officer and vice president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) becomes the first in his profession to receive this honor. The award conventionally goes to artists with a connection to Mississippi who have shown immense support for art or have marvelous works of art. Robert received the award alongside stained glass designer Andrew Young at an event held at the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters on 2nd July 2018. They join the ranks of actor Morgan Freeman and author Eudora Welty who have won the award in the previous years.
The American Institute of Architects fraternity expressed their pride and joy in Robert Ivy through a press release given by Carl Elefante, the organization’s president. He commended Ivy for his dedication to architecture and pointed out that he was the best representation of the architecture profession. The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters disclosed their confidence in selecting Ivy for the award. The institute’s president Nancy LaForge said that as an author and international speaker of matters related to architecture, Ivy had played an essential role in making industry more available to the public.
Robert Ivy has grown the reach of the AIA to international heights since he was appointed its CEO. The organization has attained its highest number of membership under his leadership. Before his tenure at AIA, Ivy was the chief editor of the Architectural Record at McGraw Hill Construction Media from 1996. During this period, he spearheaded the company’s expansion in China and the Middle East. In addition to making the Architectural Record the most famous architectural journal, he debuted its Mandarin version in China.
Apart from the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, Robert Ivy has also won other prestigious accolades. In 2009, he earned the Crain Award from the American Business Media. He was also named Master architect by the National Architecture Fraternity in 2010, a unique honor given to the best architects. Robert holds a Masters in architecture from Tulane University.
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