Being an architect is about much more than designing a new building or preserving an old one. It’s also about contributing to the community and giving back – which Robert Ivy, the current executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), has demonstrated throughout his career.
Robert Ivy was recently recognized for his major lifelong contributions to the field of architecture. In April, he received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Archinect describes the achievement as unique because Robert Ivy is the first architect to receive this award. The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is given to Mississippi artists and patrons of the arts who are currently active in their fields. Other native Mississippians who have received the Noel Polk Award include the actor Morgan Freeman and the writer Eudora Welty.
Although this is the first time an architect has received the Noel Polk Award, this is not the first time Robert Ivy has been awarded in his field. His previous accolades include the designation Master Architect from Alpha Ro Chi, the national architect fraternity.
Robert Ivy is a Mississippi native and has been the CEO of AIA since 2011. He received his Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University in 1976. As noted by AIA President Carl Elefante in a press release, Mr. Ivy has been a longtime ambassador of the architecture profession in his advocacy, writing, and commentary on architecture. His expertise in the field made him an excellent candidate for the award. Mr. Ivy was the former editor of Architectural Record, a monthly magazine on interior design and architecture.
The Tulane School of Architecture is one of the most prestigious in the field; its graduates have gone on to flourishing careers with AIA and other organizations.
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