Robert Ivy-Making Strides In Mississippi

Robert Ivy, who is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), has been given the prestigious honor of being awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

This award is given to artists or art patrons who are currently connected to Mississippi and whose work is recognized as being extraordinary. Robert Ivy, however is the first architect to receive Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award.

The president of AIA, Carl Elefante goes on to say that Mr. Ivy is a very worthy ambassador in the profession, and this award serves as not only a professional but a personal achievement for him being a native of Mississippi. Said of Nancy LaForge, president of MIAL, “There is no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy.”

Since his start with AIA in 2011, he has grown the global presence and influence of this organization. It is currently at its highest membership in its history of 160 years. Robert Ivy has also been recognized with the designation of Master Architect by a national architecture fraternity known as the Alpha Rho Chi by unanimous vote for his effectiveness in communicating the value of design. He is one of only seven to receive this honor from the fraternity in their 100 year history. Ivy also has received the Deans Medal from the University Of Arkansas Fay Jones School Of Architecture in 2017. He was a juror on the panel that selected architect Frank Gehry to design the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.

Ivy will be joining the list of previous nominees that include Morgan Freeman, Shelby Foote, Eudora Welty, Leontyne Price and Walter Anderson. President of AIA, Mr. Elefante states, “On behalf of the AIA, I am truly delighted to congratulate him on this unique honor.” Robert Ivy is the current CEO of AIA.

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