In April 2018, Robert Ivy was selected the winner of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, an award given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Ivy was given this award because of his exemplary performance as a leader in the field of architecture. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
The Noel POLK award is given to artists from Mississippi who have shown extraordinary efforts to promote the arts culture in the United States. It is the first time that an architect has won this award, a clear indication of the great contributions that Robert Ivy has made as an architect. The award which was started in 2001 has recognized some great personalities with roots in Mississippi such as Morgan Freeman and Walter Anderson. Robert now joins this list of distinguished personalities who have made extraordinary contributions.
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Robert Ivy has been acknowledged for his great contribution in making architecture accessible to all Americans. He has created materials and commentated about the importance of this industry. He has shown that many fields need the application of architects and not just construction and building. The award also came as a personal achievement as a native of Mississippi. He has made his native area proud in the national arena, and that is why they have offered him an opportunity to join the list of distinguished personalities from the region.
Robert Ivy has worked with various bodies in the architectural field. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Architectural Record, the most prominent architectural journal in the country. He left this position in2011 as he joined AIA as the CEO. Under his leadership, Architectural Record has won various global awards such as the National Magazine Ward fir general Excellence. He was also responsible for the growth of the McGraw Hill operations in China.
Robert Ivy biography entitled Fay Jones: Architect was launched in 2011 and is still being released under various editions. Currently, it is doing its third edition. It details a lot of information about architecture. Other organizations have honored Ivy. The architects’ fraternity known as Alpha Rho Chi has recognized his efforts by naming her the Master Architect.
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