Robert Ivy, a practicing architect at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the latest person to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was given to Robert by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, a non-profit organization that seeks to recognize Mississippians who have made a mark in the lives of many residents. The awarding comes as a surprise to many because MIAL has never awarded an architect.
When receiving the news in behalf of American Institute of Architects , President Carl Elefente said that it was an honor to see one of their own receive such a prestigious prize. The Noel Polk Award has for a long time give to people who come from Mississippi and whose many dealings have a positive effect to the local people. This time, that person is Robert Ivy. According to confirmed sources, Robert’s architectural prowess has enabled many Mississippians have access to latest architectural services.
The award now places this AIA Vice President and Chief Executive Officer at par with other renowned men and women from Mississippi who have received the award. They include Shelby Foote, a writer who received the award in 2004, and Leontyne Price, who was awarded in 2000. Others in the list are Eudora Welty (2001), Walter Anderson (1989), and Morgan Freeman who received award in 2007.
When awarding Robert Ivy the prize, MIAL President praised Mr. Ivy for his conscientious efforts to ensure that the common Mississippi resident had access to better architectural services. “Robert is an icon that is read and heard worldwide. His writings have impacted the lives of many people. By giving him this award, we are showing our honest appreciation for what he does. This is the little we are able to offer,” said Nancy LaForge.
Prior to his joining the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Ivy was the Chief Editor of architectural magazine. While here, he helped break down various articles that had meaningful food for thought for the common American. This shaped the way Robert Ivy saw things. Perhaps, his position as a Chief-in-Editor shaped his way of doing things in the world of architecture.
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