Robert Ivy has broken the record of being the first architect to receive the Polk Award. Robert is the CEO of the American Institute of Architects. The Polk Award is usually given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, and it is awarded to art patrons and connected artists who have done extraordinary work. The award was first awarded to writer Eudora Welty then to actor Morgan Freeman.
Robert Ivy joins a list of several other people who have been honored by this award. During the awarding ceremony, Nancy LaForge, the president of MIAL noted that Robert had done extraordinary work of making architecture more accessible to the general public. Nancy further noted that there was no one else in Mississippi who could take the place of Robert in making architecture available. Robert Ivy is also a commentator, writer, and author on matters concerning architecture around the globe. The president of MIAL congratulated Ivy, noting that he has now taken his rightful place in the well-known and respected list of Noel Polk Award honorees.
The president of AIA, Carl Elefante also congratulated Robert on receiving one of the most respected awards in Mississippi. He acknowledged that Robert is the rightfully the ambassador for the architects. He further noted that the honor is not only a professional achievement for Robert but also a personal one since he is a native of Mississippi. Carl was delighted about the honors, which he noted that it had made the AIA proud.
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About Robert Ivy
Robert Ivy became the CEO of AIA in 2011, and he has steered the growth of the company. In fact, Robert has ensured that the Architectural Record is the most widely distributed architectural journal across the globe. As a result, the journal has received an array of awards including the National Magazine Award that was awarded for general excellence. Robert has also received an honor from the Alpha Rho Chi, which is a national architecture fraternity for his effective communication on the value design. Surprisingly, Robert is among the seven people who have been awarded by the fraternity in its 100-year history. Additionally, Ivy received a Dean Medal in 2017 from the school of Architecture in the University of Arkansas Fay Jones.
The American Institute of Architects was established in 1857. It strives to ensure that communities and neighborhoods are more healthy, secure, valuable, and sustainable. The institute has over 200 international, local and state chapters and it encourages public notices that ensure the public well-being and economic vitality. The institute also offers the necessary resources and tools to help its members achieve success in their businesses and careers.
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