Robert Ivy will receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award for architects: the highest rank in his field. Robert Ivy is not only the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, but he is also the Executive Vice President. The award will be presented by the Mississippi Institute of Letters and Artists, and it is interesting that Ivy is the first architect to receive award, amongst other professions. In the past, award recipients have included the famed actor Morgan Freeman.
The president of the American Institute for Architects, Carl Elefante, says that “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.”
Robert Ivy is no stranger to Awards, however. Ivy recently joined the ranks of famous architects such as I M Pei (who designed the pyramid statue at the Louvre) when he was accepted into the architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi: the only architect to achieve this award in the 21st century. On top of this, he made the Dean’s award for Architects when he attended the University of Arkansas.
President of the Mississippi Institute of Artists and Letters, Nancy Forge, even said that “When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s really no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy.”
Ivy graduated from Tulane University with a masters of architecture, and in ‘96 he became the head editor for the popular architecture magazine, “Architectural Record”. He has also completed an apprenticeship under the famed Frank Lloyd Wright, and in 2009 he was awarded with the Crain Award: The most prestigious honor in the media industry for an American.
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