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Robert Ivy Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Ivy, the executive vice president and the CEO of the American Institute of Architects, is a well-known businessman and manager. Mr. Robert received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Art and Letters. For the first time, an architect received a Polk Award. The announcement distinguishes the Mississippi-connected Artists and Patrons, a group mandated in creating, performing, and supporting art. Other individuals who won the same award are; writer Eudora Welty, the artist Walter Anderson, and actor Morgan Freeman. The individuals deserve the recognition for bringing change in the field of art.

Robert Ivy makes it easy for the general public to have access to the architecture, a character that no other person possesses. MIAL President, Nancy LaForge, distinguishes Robert Ivy as the only Mississippi person with exceptional personalities. As a commentator, author, and a writer in the architectural field, Robert can rightfully claim for a place in the list of the Noel Polk Award honorees.

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“As the CEO of AIA for many years since 2011, as well as the author, and editor and practicing architect, Robert Ivy deserves to be the ambassador of our mission,” said the AIA President, Carl Elefante. Noel Award was crowning the professional achievement of Robert as an origin of the Mississippi. The president of AIA also noted that it is indeed an honor for the institution to congratulate Mr. Ivy for the magnificent and unique achievement. Before joining AIA in the year 2011, Robert was the Editor-in-Chief of the McGraw Architectural record. Under Robert’s leadership, the Architectural record became the most acknowledged architectural journal across the globe. The journal attracted some achievements like the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. In China where the record was massively growing, Ivy managed the McGraw-Hill’s design and construction media. Also, he began a Mandarin version of the Architectural record in the Middle East.

At the AIA, Robert is developing and making the institution proliferate at which it is at its perfect performing membership level globally. Nowadays, America’s architects practice around the world enhanced by the seven global chapters of the AIA. Also, Robert Ivy got honored by the national architecture fraternity for the promotion and wide-spread of the values of design. He shares the designated Master Architect with the ionic architects like Richard Buckmaster Fuller, Mies van der Rohe, and I.M. Pei. Thus, Robert is among the seven selected for the Noel Award in this fraternity in 100-year history and the only architect in the 21st century.

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