The Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Arts Robert Ivy is set to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). In a press release issued on Tuesday, AIA President said that they had received the news that Robert Ivy had been chosen as one of the recipients of the prestigious award. This means that Robert Ivy becomes the first architect to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is usually given to artist and Patrons with exemplary performance in their profession within Mississippi.
Mr. Robert Ivy was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Arts (AIA) back in 2011. During his tenure, Mr. Ivy has brought about numerous changes including the creation of global chapters in countries such as China and Canada. He has also managed to increase the membership of the institution to approximately 90,000 throughout the United States and beyond. AIA is a professional body with the mandate of educating the public as well as licensing architects across the country. The professional body has its headquarters in Washington DC together with over 300 chapters spread across the country.
Prior to his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer at AIA, Mr. Ivy was the Chief Editor at the Architectural Record where he also performed extremely well and received several awards including the National Magazine. On April 2018, news came that Ivy had been recognized by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters and was to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Speaking on the award, MIAL’s President Nancy LaForge said that Robert Ivy had proved to be a true representative of architects across the country. “There is no one who has worked extra hard to make architecture accessible to the public than Ivy. We have seen his relentless efforts in trying to improve people’s lives through architecture and that is why we chose to honor his as an institution” said LaForge in a press statement an more
Mr. Ivy has joined a list of other Noel Pol Honorees such as actor Morgan Freeman, writer Shelby Foote who received the award in 2001, artist Walter Anderson of 1989, Singer Leontyne Price of 2000 and writer Eudora Welty who was also awarded in 2001. The official ceremony will take place at MIAL’s headquarters on second June where Robert will be given his award.
Robert Ivy heads the American Institute of Architects as the EVP and CEO of the organization. He is a graduate of Tulane University where he did his Masters of Architecture and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee. Robert Ivy has worked in other organizations as well in his career where he is mainly a writer on architecture topics. Ivy first worked as a principal at Dean & Ivy and Dean/Dale and was a critic for some of the national publications which he did from 1981 to 1996.
In 1996, Robert Ivy moved to Architectural Record and was named as the chief editor. He again served at the McGraw-Hill Construction Media as the editorial director and vice president. Other publications that he worked on included SNAP, Magazine of Sustainability Design, and ENR among others. Robert Ivy was named as the EVP and CEO of the AIA organization after the members of the board agreed to select him on Feb, 1 2011. Again, his selection as the head of AIA was due to his extensive experience in the architecture through his numerous publications about the industry.
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Further, Ivy’s publications that have earned him publicity have seen him even get recognized by some entities such as The Art Library Society of North America. Besides, Robert Ivy has also won numerous awards due to his prowess in writing of the architectural records. Some of the awards include the recognition by the Alpha Rho Chi that is an architecture body that appointed Robert Ivy as the Master Architect. Furthermore, Robert Ivy sits at his office that is in Washington D.C. where he is in charge of over 200 employees and has control of the organization’s annual budget of $56 million.
About the American Institute of Architects and its Current Role
The American Institute of Architects is an organization that was established back in 1857 by 13 architects as a professional body to register architects. The institute was also formed as part of the architecture design developments to help in the education of architects and government advocacy among other uses. Moreover, with the selection of Robert Ivy as the CEO, he has also incorporated other sectors in the organization where he has strongly advocated for the architecture that promotes health. In addition, the AIA has since adopted in its profession a fusion between architecture and the health fraternity for the well-being of the inhabitants of the buildings.
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