The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) has awarded Robert Ivy with Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement award. Robert Ivy is the current Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Arts. It is the first time for an architect to receive the Polk Award which in most cases goes to art patrons and artists from Mississippi. Mr. Ivy joins a rare list of distinguished people from Mississippi to receive such an award including Morgan Freeman (2007), Eudora Welty (2001), late artist Walter Anderson (1989), singer Price Leontyne (2000) and writer Shelby Foote (2004).
Nancy LaForge said that President of MIAL Robert Ivy has demonstrated that he is king in the world of architecture according to discoverorg.com. She added that there is no one who has worked so hard to make it accessible and publicize the work of architecture than Robert Ivy “Being an international writer, commentator, and author of architecture, Robert Ivy has rightfully joined a list of distinguished people receiving the prestigious Noel Polk award. On his part, AIA President Carl Elefante said that there was no other better person to receive the award besides Robert Ivy.
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The current AIA President said that he has known Robert Ivy for a long time and his works in the field of architecture are evident. He said Ivy has been on the forefront emphasizing architects to diversify to other fields to become more productive in the society. He is indeed a deserving ambassador for architects in this country. This award could not have come any other better time. It is a crowning for both his personal and professional achievements as a person who hails from Mississippi. The president congratulated Ivy for scooping the award.
Mr. Robert Ivy was formerly working as an editor-in-chief at McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record before being elected as the chief executive officer at the American Institute of Arts (AIA). Under his tenure at AIA, the institution becomes more active and liberal and received several international awards. AIA has since grown and recognized as an international organization and currently has over members even outside the United States. Ivy was also honored by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi because of his role in propagating design ideas.
Robert Ivy went to Sewanee University where he earned Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He later proceeded to Tulane University for his Master of Architecture degree. Before becoming an architect, Ivy also served as a U.S Navy Officer. Robert Ivy has been praised for transforming the American Institute of Arts since he took over as the CEO.