Robert Ivy Awarded By The Mississippi Institute Of Arts And Letters (MIAL)

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Robert Ivy has been named the recipient of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The nonprofit organization is based in Mississippi and usually awards artist especially from its locality for promoting talent. According to a press release, it was the first time MIAL was giving out such an award to an architect. “This is the first time the Mississippi Institute of Architects and Letters has awarded someone outside the art and music industry, we are delighted that the institution decided to award our CEO” read the statement.

“Being the CEO of the American Institute Of architects since 2011, an editor, an author and a practicing architect makes Robert Ivy a great ambassador for this profession” commented Carl Elefante, President of AIA in the press release. It was a rare opportunity for Robert Ivy considering the fact that only a few dignitaries have received the same award over the past few years. According to the press release, Stained-glass artist, Andrew Carey Young of Jackson and Robert Ivy would be officially handed over the award later in June this year.

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Robert Ivy served as the editor-in-chief for the Architectural Record before joining the American Institute of Architects as the CEO. The award came as a crown for the soft-spoken Ivy who has been vocal in championing diversification in the field of Architecture. Since joining the institutions, Robert Ivy has introduced several changes which have brought the institution into public limelight and accorded it international recognition. He has also previously received prestigious awards such as a National Magazine Award and also named as the “Master Architect” by the national architecture fraternity, an honorary title which is usually given to the world’s renowned architects.

The President of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, Nancy LaForge congratulated Robert Ivy terming him as someone with who is talented and has a passion for his job. “There is no one else in Mississippi who has tried to publicize architecture like Robert Ivy,” she said. “We are delighted to hand him this prestigious award because we know that he deserves it.

Robert Ivy enters the books of MIAL’s prestigious award together with the likes of writers Shelly Foote and Eudora Welty who received the award in 2001, Singer Leontyne Price who was awarded in 2000, actor Morgan Freeman of 2007 and artist Walter Anderson who received the same award in 2007.

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