Only a few people get to receive lifetime achievement awards. These awards are not just like any other awards. They are usually awarded to individuals who have contributed their career towards a specific course, unlike other awards which mainly focus on one contribution. Robert Ivy happens to among the selected few. Ivy, the current Chief Executive Officer of America Institute of Architects (AIA), will be receiving the Noel Polk award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). Robert Ivy will remain as the first ever architect to win the award. Usually, the award is given to artist living in Mississippi.
Soon he will feature in the awardee list alongside singer Leontyne Price, actor Morgan Freeman, artist Walter Anderson, writers Shelby Foote and Eudora Welty. In a statement, the president of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, Nancy LaForge spoke highly of Robert and his contribution as an editor, author and most importantly as a practicing architect. She is quick to acknowledge the many lives Robert Ivy has touched as an architect. She completed her statement by congratulating Mr. Ivy for winning one of the most envied awards.
Prior to working at America Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy was the executive editor at Architectural Record. During his reign, he brought with him a lot of changes that eventually propelled the institution into becoming a re-known publishing company. Additionally, while still serving there, he received numerous awards for his excellence in his work. He is also part of the success story of McGraw-Hill’s design and construction media in China.
Ivy has received numerous award, thanks to his prowess in architecture. Some of the prizes include; an award by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi and a dean’s medal from the University of Arkansas in 2017. Robert is an alumnus of University of the South and Tulane University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and a Master’s degree in Architecture.
Besides, he served in the US Navy before becoming an architect. Since he joined AIA, there has been tremendous growth in the number of members. He has strived to enhance and build on its image. Today, it has over 90,000 members across the US. The principal function of the institute is to design suitable infrastructures for the community. The award event is set to happen in june.