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In recent news, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) let the public know that Robert Ivy, chief executive officer of the AIA, has been honored with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was given to Mr. Ivy by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL), and it is the first time in the history of the award that it has been granted to an architect. The award is given to Mississippi-based art patrons or artists that have an impressive body of work that they have created over the course of their life.

Robert Ivy received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award alongside Andrew Cary Young who is a stained-glass artist that calls Jackson, Mississippi his home. The president of the AIA, Carl Elefante, commented that Ivy deserved the award for his work as an architect, editor, and author and that he is the right man to serve as an ambassador for the field of architecture. Ivy is now part of a very exclusive club of Mississippi-based artists or art patrons that includes Shelby Foote, Eudora Welty, Walter Anderson, Leontyne Price, and, none other than, Morgan Freeman.

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Before becoming a part of the AIA, Robert Ivy worked with the Architectural Record as its editor-in-chief. He earned a spread of awards while there, and one of the more well known awards he received was a National Magazine Award. Robert Ivy has helped to dramatically expand the AIA so that it is now very well known all over the world. Under his leadership, the membership levels of the organization have risen to an all time high.

Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity, granted Robert Ivy the title “Master Architect” in 2010. The University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture also gave him the Dean’s Medal, and Ivy wrote a very popular book about the life story of Fay Jones. The president of the MIAL gave Ivy more praise when she commented that no one from Mississippi has made the world of architecture more available to the public than he has. Ivy continues to do the best he can to build a “bridge” between the public and the profession of architecture.

Find more about Robert Ivy: http://www.zdnet.com/article/qa-robert-ivy-ceo-the-american-institute-of-architects/