Robert Ivy, the American Institute of Architects, or AIA’s Chief Executive Officer has received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. This achievement is quite honorary and unique for him and to the award itself, as Ivy marks the first time an architect has ever been recognized for this award. The Polk Award is awarded to artists and/or creators from Mississippi. Some notable others who have received the Polk Lifetime Achievement award include: actor Morgan Freeman in 2007, writer Eudora Welty in 2001, and singer Leontyne Price in 2000.
Ivy is not only globally-recognized for his astounding work in architecture around the world, but is also a recognized speaker and author on the subject. Ivy, being the executive president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects since 2011 is rightfully honored this award for his hard work and dedication in the field.
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Recently, Ivy was also honored by the national architecture fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi for his ability to successfully communicate the importance and influence of design. A few others who have been honored by this award include some of the world’s most highly-qualified architects, such as: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, R. Buckminster Fuller, and I.M. Pei. In addition to this award, Ivy also was editor-in-chief for Architectural Record, where he was honored with multiple awards from the journalism and publishing industry, the premier magazine journalism award, as well as the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence.
Ivy has surely had a lifetime of achievement, and got his start when he received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee: the University of the South. Ivy later received his Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. An interesting fact about Ivy, that also shows his hard-working nature is that before he started out as an architect, Ivy was a U.S. Navy officer. Ivy will be officially presented with this prestigious award at an event on June 2.
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