The American Institute of Architects( AIA) has recently announced that Robert Ivy, who is the Chief Executive Officer(CEO) as well as the Executive Vice President, will be receiving an award of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement by MIAL. According to a release by the press, he will be the first architect ever to receive the Polk Award. Polk Award is given to art patrons and artists whose work of creating and performing is worthy to receive the honor.
Robert Ivy has been the CEO of AIA since the year 2011. Before that, Ivy has won other numerous awards while serving as editor-in-chief for an Architectural Record, one of them being the National Magazine award. The leadership of Robert Ivy has for a considerable extent seen the institute’s’ global footprint grow overwhelmingly. The president of MIAL Nancy LaForge was noted in a press release saying that Robert Ivy has been a key figure in helping the general public to access architecture at ease in Mississippi. Having received the Polk Award, he will now join the rank of other previous honorees such as actor Morgan Freeman who won the award in the year 2007, Eudora Welty (2001), Shelby Foot (2004), and many others. For a history of 100 years of the fraternity, Ivy has been one of the only seven people as well as the only architect to be ever selected in the 21st century.
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Besides this lifetime achievement awards, MIAL has gone an extra mile in recognizing other intellectual and creative participants with an award in one’s specific field. Authors such as Richard Ford, Ellen Gilchrist, Walker Percy, and Barry Hannah are among the past recipients of the honor.
Robert has been in the forefront in helping McGraw- Hill’s construction and design media while it was growing in China. He also launched another version of Architectural Record in the Middle East and China as well. The fraternity of national architecture (Alpha Rho Chi), has previously honored Robert Ivy due to his relentless effort to communicate the importance of design effectively. As a result of Roberts’ dedication and interest in leadership, the AIA has been able to record the largest level of membership since its inception. The effort of the likes of Ivy has made it possible for America’s architects to practice in other places around the world with the help of other chapters of AIA among them being Canada and China.
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