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Robert Ivy To Add A Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award To His Awards Collection

Recently, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) announced that Robert Ivy, the EVP, and CEO of AIA will be awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is meant to honor living persons whom throughout their lifetime have put considerable effort into developing art around the Mississippi region.

Robert Ivy will be entering into the books of history for being the first architect to be honored with this award. This award has previously been given to famous persons like Morgan Freeman (2007) and Shelby Foote (2004), and Mr. Ivy will be joining these distinguished Mississippians list soon. Robert Ivy will receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award on June 2.

Nancy Forge, the MIAL president, noted that Robert Ivy’s contributions to architecture in general through his authorship are very commendable. In addition to that, he has greatly revolutionized architecture worldwide as a commentator. Carl Elefante, the American Institute of Architects president, weighed in and congratulated Mr. Ivy on this unique honor. He added that the crowning of a Mississippi native would act as a wakeup call for other native Mississippians.

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Robert Ivy’s authorship
Robert Ivy is an accomplished architect, author, and commentator. He published Fay Jones, his authoritative biography in 2001. Fay Jones, Architect, the current third edition was acclaimed by the Art Library Society of North America as the pacesetter in design, production and architectural scholarship. This masterpiece covers the work of a devoted Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect.

His education background and career
Ivy is a graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, where he attained his Bachelor of Arts in English. The CEO then joined the U.S. Navy where he served for some time. After his service in the navy, he attended Tulane University and graduated with a Masters of Architecture. Ivy has served in various professional capacities over the years. Most notably, he worked at McGraw-Hills Architectural Records as an Editor-in-Chief. During his tenure, this architectural publication grew to become a worldwide distributed journal. Furthermore, the journal went ahead to receive numerous awards and recognition globally, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
At the helm of AIA, Robert Ivy strives to create safe, valuable and sustainable buildings throughout communities and neighborhoods. Moreover, he oversees over 200 chapters from local stage to international ones. He pushes for public well-being and economic vitality through more comprehensive AIA public policies.

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