One of the most prestigious awards that an architect can receive is the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is provided by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters and this award has never been given to an architect in the past. Generally this award is given to artists as well as art patrons who have over the course of a lifetime who create and perform as well as supporting the arts. The architect who has received this award is Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy.
Operating as the CEO for AIA since the year 2011, Robert Ivy is known as being more than just an architect. He is also an author as well as an editor. He is a well known and prestigious ambassador of the profession. Robert is a native of Mississippi and this award is a crowning achievement both professionally as well as personally.
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Robert Ivy has served as the editor in chief for the Architectural Record previously in which this led to receiving numerous awards which included the National Magazine Award. Through the guidance and leadership abilities that Robert Ivy has shown, he has left a global footprint throughout the institute. The institute is now at the highest membership level ever since the creation of the institute over 100 years ago. In the year 2010, Robert was held to the honor of being named the Master Architect.
Robert hopes to make architecture much more accessible to the overall general public and since there is a shortage of people from Mississippi, the hope is to change that over time. Robert has now joined past holders of the Noel Polk award winners such as Eudora Welty in 2001 and Morgan Freeman in 2007.
Robert Ivy penned an authoritative biography known as Fay Jones: Architect back in 2001. The book has since been made into a third edition and showcases the various works of American Architects such as those who shared a love for Frank Lloyd Wright. The book is known as being the highest standards associated with productions, designs and scholarships within the architecture community.
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