Robert Ivy will be getting the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award for architects, which will be the greatest achievement for any professional in his field. Robert Ivy is both the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects and is also the Executive VP as well. The honor will be gifted by a non-profit group, the “Mississippi Institute of Letters and Artists”, and it is impressive that Robret is the very first architect to achieve the honor, compared to people in other fields. For example, in 2007 the MIAL award honoree was none other than the famous Morgan Freeman.
Carl Elefante, the president of the American Institute of Architects, stated “As the CEO of AIA since 2011, and as an author, editor and practicing architect, Robert Ivy is a worthy ambassador for our profession. This award comes as a crowning personal and professional achievement for him as a native of Mississippi.”
Ivy isn’t a stranger to honors, of course. Robert Ivy has already joined the likes of popular architects like I. M. Pei, who is the man that came up with the famed glass pyramid structure at the Louvre in Paris (made more well known by the film “The DaVinci Code”). Moreover for Ivy, the man was initiated as a member of the architecture fraternity called Alpha Rho Chi, where he became the sole architect to achieve this honor within the 21st century. And what’s more is that he achieved a Dean’s Medal at the University of Arkansas for his success early on, when attending his undergraduate there.
Ivy eventually got his Master’s degree from Tulane University, and in 1996 Ivy was the chief editor for a famous architecture magazine, “Architectural Record”. Ivy also finished apprenticing under the famous Frank Lloyd Wright, where afterwards in ‘09 he was lauded with the Crain Award, which is the highest award one can achieve in the media industry.
On top of all of this, the president of Mississippi Institute of Artists and Letters (Nancy LaForge) once stated of Ivy, “When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s really no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy.”
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