The CEO of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy has become a very respected member of the architect world. His years of work and impact were recently recognized with a high honor.
Ivy was awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This honor was given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). Each year the award is given to someone who shows impressive and high achievement over their lifetime in some form of art. Ivy is the first architect to ever receive the award. He joins a small group of people from Mississippi who have earned the honor. This list includes writer Shelby Foote and well known actor Morgan Freeman.
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When speaking about Robert Ivy, MIAL President Nancy LaForge had nothing but high praise. LaForge feels that no other person in the architect world has made architecture accessible to the public, than Ivy. Ivy has put together an impressive collection of skills which include being an author and and commentator on architecture across the globe. He is also a practicing architect the CEO of AIA since 2011. AIA President Carl Elefante was quoted as calling him ‘ambassador for our profession.’ Robert Ivy has taken AIA and helped them to achieve a global impact. As a result of his leadership the company has their highest membership in the more than one hundred and sixty year company history.
This award is not the first time Robert Ivy and his work has been recognized. In 2009, Ivy received the Crain Award. This award is considered one of the highest honors given by media. A few years early he was recognized with the McGraw-Hill Award for excellence in management. Ivy has been labeled a ‘Master Architect‘ by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi. Ivy shares this honor with some very successful architects including Dr. Nathan Clifford Ricker, John Wellborn Root and Richard Buckminster Fuller. Only seven architects have ever received the honor.