Robert Ivy, Chief Executive Officer of American Institute of Architects, recently received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the first time the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) has given the award to an architect.
The well known architect has received many awards in his career, but the Noel Polk award is something he is proud of on a personal and professional level. It is an achievement he has strived for in his career.
Mr. Ivy is not only an active architect, but also an author and commentator. His job before becoming involved with American Institute was Editor-n-Chief at McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record. During his time as editor, the company received many awards with the help of him.
His education started at Sewanee, The University of the South. While in attendance at Sewanee, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. From there he went on to Tulane University and earned a Master of Architecture degree. Before becoming an architect, he was an officer in the United States Navy.
Robert Ivy prides himself on being the best no matter where his career leads him. This is why the fraternity Alpha Rho Chi honored him, due to he effectively speaks about the value of design among his architectural peers. He is the only architect to receive this award in the 21st century of the 100-year award.
His hard work is paying off and with membership being the highest in the history of American Institute of Architects. It shows others believe in his ability to be a leader in the field and want to follow in his steps.
CEO of AIA, Robert Ivy believes design plays a part in all our lives and encourages new architects coming up in the field to think outside the box. Being an architect goes beyond just designing a structure, but that structure has a way of effecting its surroundings. He strongly believes architects have the ability to build striving communities, if done right. It’s because of these beliefs Robert Ivy’s peers agree he deserves the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award.
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