In a recent announcement, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters has stated that Robert Ivy is its 2018 Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Robert serves in the role of Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Architects.
He is one of the most well-known and respected figures in the architectural world today and is also well known as the former Editor in Chief for the architectural publication Architectural Record. The publication received a number of awards in its industry under Robert Ivy’s leadership.
Under Robert’s visionary leadership, the American Institute of Architects has experienced major growth that includes a large expansion of the organization’s footprint across the world. The Washington D.C. based institute was originally founded by thirteen architects back in 1857 and today has a membership base in excess of ninety-thousand. The organization currently has over 260 chapters located around the globe. The goal of the institute is to provide architects with the resources that they need in order to accomplish great things. The organization is also active in promoting awareness of the value of architecture. Key issues that are priorities of the American Institute of Architects include sustainability, infrastructure, climate change, diversity, equity and inclusion.
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The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to individuals who have a Mississippi connection and have achieved great things through a large body of work over the course of their professional life. Robert Ivy holds the distinction of becoming the first architect to achieve the prestigious honor. American Institute of Architects President Carl Elefante levied high amounts of praise toward Robert for his outstanding achievements and emphasized that he is a truly outstanding ambassador for the architectural profession. This is far from the first major award that Robert Ivy has received throughout his distinguished career. His past honors include being designated as a Master Architect by Alpha Rho Chi, the national fraternity for architecture for the United States. Robert also won the Dean’s Medal in 2017 that is presented by the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.
In regard to what inspired the committee at the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters to decide on Robert Ivy as its 2018 award winner, MIAL President Nancy LaForge stressed that Robert Ivy has done more than any other architect from the state of Mississippi in terms of making it something that the general public can find accessible.
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