Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy, was awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
The Polk Award, given to individuals with ties to the Mississippi area for notable and exceptional careers in the arts, has been awarded to luminaries such as Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Eudora Welty in 2001, late historian Shelby Foote in 2004 and Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman in 2007. Ivy will be the first architect ever to receive the award.
President of the MIAL Nancy LaForge in a statement praised Ivy for “making architecture more accessible to the general public”, while President of AIA Carl Elefante congratulated Ivy, calling him a “worthy ambassador for our profession” and describing the honor as a “crowning personal and professional achievement for him as a native of Mississippi”.
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Robert Ivy is the holder of a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee: The University of the South, as well as a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University. He launched an editorial career in 1996 as before becoming Vice President and .
Named in 2011, Ivy has made it a priority to transform the institute into a technologically forward-thinking organization, while also increasing its public awareness to the benefit of its more than 90,000 members – the highest level of membership in the institute’s 160-year history.
The American Institute of Architects was by a group of thirteen New York architects, with the intent of forming an organization dedicated to the promotion of architecture in the public sphere. Today, the institute is headquartered in Washington, D.C., while also boasting 260 chapters and over 90,000 members across the globe and continuing to undertake and government advocacy in pursuance of its founding objective.
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