Polk Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. The news came through a press release issued by AIA earlier this week. Mr. Robert Ivy has entered into the books of history as the first architects to receive such an award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. He joins a list of previous honorees which include; actor Morgan Freeman who was awarded in the year 2007, Writer Eudora Welty who received the award in 2001, writer Shelby Foote who got the same award in 2001, the later artist Walter Anderson (1989) and singer Leontyne Price (2000) and more
The current AIA President Carl Elefante congratulated Mr. Robert Ivy for receiving the award terming him as a hard working individual. “I am delighted to hear that MIAL has recognized Mr. Ivy’s efforts and awarded him with the prestigious Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Ivy has done tremendously well in the architectural profession especially after he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer. I take this opportunity to congratulate him and encourage him to continue uplifting the status of our institution” commented Elefante in the same press release.
Mr. Ivy is not new to receiving prestigious awards. Before joining the American Institute of Arts, Ivy served as the Chief Editor of the Architectural Record where he received various awards such as the National Magazine for the great work he did. Besides that, he has also received other awards in line with his architectural profession such as being named the Master Architect by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi and the 2017 Dean’s medal from the University of Arkansas.
Mr. Robert Ivy has brought sweeping reforms since he was appointed as the CEO of the American Institute of Architects. For instance, he has been able to increase the membership of the professional body to about 90,000 members nationally. He is currently advocating for diversification of architecture for the purpose of benefiting the members of the society especially by collaborating with the community health sector. He has been encouraging architects to think outside the box or their profession in order to harness their potential.
Robert Ivy will officially receive his award mid this year alongside stained-glass designer Andrew Carry. Mr. Robert Ivy was pleased to hear about the news and promised to use the award as a motivating factor to even work harder. The award ceremony will be held at Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters headquarters in Mississippi mid this year.
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