Robert Ivy received the Noel Polk Lifetime Award as the first architect from the Mississippi Institute of Art and Letters. Since the year 2011, Ivy served as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architect. As a visionary and complete leader, ivy showed consistency and expertise in running the institution. Therefore, getting appointed as the executive vice president. The individual supports the professional architecture and is willing to spread the information about the architecture to the entire members of the public. Noel Polk Lifetime Award distinguishes the progressive achievement in developing the architecture of Ivy as a Mississippian. Similarly, the honor recognizes the apparent effort of other Mississippi-connect artists and art patrons, who have the willingness to support, perform, and create art.
The other few Mississippians with the same honor as Robert Ivy are Freeman Morgan, Walter Anderson, and Eudora Welty. “Robert Ivy qualifies as an expert in architectural field regarding commentating, editing, and as a writer,” MIAL President, Nancy Laforge recommended. Also, AIA President, Carl Elefante congratulated Ivy as a practicing artist, editor, and author of AIA. The president said that Ivy is the primary ambassador of all missions and undertakings of AIA. Ivy terms the AIA family and the management team as the facilitators to his achievement. Ivy’s integrity and professionalism in architecture position him in the rightful rank by receiving the unique award.
Initially, before joining AIA in year 2011, Robert Ivy served as the Editor-in-Chief of McGraw Hill’s Architectural Record. The journal emerged as the most famous in the entire world under the able leadership of Ivy. The journal got awarded with the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Ivy was the principal organizer of the rugged McGraw Hill’s design and construction. Also, he created the Mandarin Version of Architectural Record, which became popular in the Middle East and China.
AIA tops in the level of performance in the 160-year history through the distinguishable leadership of Ivy. Americans can practice architecture all over the world with the help of the seven global chapters of the AIA. Ivy’s character of highly valuing and supporting the architectural design puts him in a position for recognition by the National Architecture Fraternity. Thus, he shares the Master architect with numerous other ionic architects like Mies-van-der-Rohe, Richard Buckminster, and I.M. Pei. Robert Ivy is the only architect and the single one with the Mississippi origin to get awarded with the Noel Polk Achievement in the 100-year history of the fraternity.
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