On 11th April 2011, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) made a public announcement concerning the achievements of their executive vice president, Robert Ivy. The body announced that Mr. Ivy was one of the few people in the state recognized by Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). This much-coveted recognition prize is called the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The rewarding of Robert Ivy represents the first time when an architect has won such an accolade. This prize is usually given to living Mississippi residents whose works of creation and artistry are extraordinary. Mr. Ivy’s win highlights his immense expertise in the architecture field.
The other recipient of the accolade is Mississippi based stained glass artist, Andrew Young. The two winners will be given their respective prizes at a later date at an event organized by MIAL. This ceremony is scheduled to take place on 2nd June.
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Mr. Robert Ivy’s win was met with great applaud especially from his fellow architects. AIA president, Mr. Carl Elefante was very excited about the honor going to one of the body’s members. He announced his delight by saying that the deeds of Robert Ivy put them in the spotlight for the incredible work that they do as architects. Mr. Elefante thanked the awarding body for their recognition of the best in Mississippi. He also praised the agency for seeing it fit to honor one of their members with the award.
Mr. Robert Ivy has worked in numerous other firms before coming to AIA. He was once an editor in chief of a newsletter called the Architectural Record. During his time in this position, he received numerous awards. One of the most prominent ones was the National Magazine Prize. He later joined AIA and became CEO, and his effective leadership skills have been evident all through. The firm has experienced rapid growth during his tenure. One of the most recognizable achievements is the record membership that has been attained with him being at the helm.
Many bodies have also recognized his extraordinary works in architecture. In 2010, Mr. Robert Ivy received the Master Architect honorary award. This is a major fete as the award has always been associated with the best architects in the world such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Robert Ivy also received an award from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones architecture school.
When MIAL’s president announced Robert Ivy’s win of Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, she praised his achievements in putting Mississippi architects on the global map.
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