The American Institute of Arts (AIA) has announced that Robert Ivy who is the current executive vice president and Chief Executive Officer of the institution has received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The award came from the nonprofit Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). It is the first time that the Award has been given to an architect. The Award is usually given to artists from Mississippi who have shown exemplary work in promoting art in the region. The two nominated winners, Robert Ivy and Andrew Cary Young from Mississippi will officially be presented the awards on June second.
“As the Chief Executive Officer of the largest Umbrella body of architects in the United States, Robert Ivy is a worthy ambassador. He is an editor, and author and a practicing architect who has dedicated his life to improving people’s lives through architecture. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ivy and to encourage him to continue with the good work in our institution” commented Carl Elefante, the President of the American Institute of Arts. The award does not come as a surprise considering the amount of work Mr. Ivy has been doing in the institution after being appointed as the Chief Executive Officer.
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Before joining AIA as the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Robert Ivy worked as the Chief Editor for the Architectural Record where he also received several awards including a National Magazine Award. Since joining the institution, Mr. Robert Ivy has brought about tremendous changes and transformed it into international standards. AIA currently has over 80,000 registered members all over the country. The organization has changed to become more responsive, influential, and proactive. It was founded in 1857.
AIA has its headquarters in Washington DC and coordinates the work of its branches across the country. Apart from the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, Mr. Ivy has also received several awards including the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas, School of architecture; he has also been named “Master Architect” by the national architect fraternity among other awards.
Robert Ivy attended Sewanee University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in English. He later joined Tulane University where he studied his master’s degree in architecture. Robert Ivy also worked as a U.S Navy officer prior to joining the architecture profession.
In receiving the award, Robert Ivy has joined the ranks of other famous individuals such as Shelby Foote (2004), actor Morgan Freeman (2007), Eudora Welty (2001), Singer Leontyne Price (2000) and artist Walter Anderson (1989). Mr. Ivy said he was humbled to be the one receiving the award.