The Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Institute of Arts, Robert Ivy has been nominated as the winner of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The announcement was recently made by AIA current President, Carl Elefante. The award is being given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). Mr. Ivy becomes the first Architect to receive such an award. The Noel Polk award is usually given to local artists and musicians from Mississippi accredited with exemplary work within the area.
In a press release issued on Tuesday, the President of Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Nancy LaForge congratulated Robert Ivy and praised him for scooping the award. “I am proud that Robert Ivy received this award. He is the first architect to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award simply because of the wonderful work he is doing at the institution. I take this opportunity to congratulate him and encourage him to continue with his good work” said LaForge. She also said that Robert Ivy had convinced MIAL that he is more concerned about the well-being of the people of Mississippi and beyond.
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On his part, AIA President Carl Elefante said that Robert Ivy deserves the award considering the work he has been doing especially after being appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the institution according to linked.com. He added that Robert Ivy had brought in numerous changes which have helped in uplifting the status of the institution. He encouraged Mr. Robert Ivy to continue with the great work of transforming the American Institute of Architects.
Mr. Robert Ivy was the Chief Editor at the Architectural Record before being appointed as the CEO of the American Institute of Architects. He has also received several awards such as being named the Master architect by the architect’s fraternity, the Dean’s golden award from Tulane University School of Architecture among others. He was appointed as the CEO back in 2011 but had served as a board member of AIA since 1992.
Robert Ivy joins a growing list of famous Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award recipients such as writers Eudora Welty and Shelby Foote, actor Morgan Freeman, singer Leontyne Price and artist Walter Anderson. He will receive the award mid this year alongside another artist from Mississippi.
Robert Ivy went to Sewanee University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in English before proceeding to Tulane University where he earned his Master of Architecture degree.
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