Robert Ivy is the C.E.O of The American Institute of Architects and is also the executive Vice President. He is the first Architect to win the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement from the Mississippi institute of Arts and Letters. He has been the C.E.O OF American Institute of Architects from 2011, and is an editor, writer and practicing architect.
Robert ivy has expanded the global presence and influence of AIA since becoming the C.E.O in 2011. He has made the organization reach its peak level of membership in its 160 years of existence. Ivy has a master of Architecture Degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree. He has also served in the U.S Navy as an officer. Read more about Robert Ivy at Wikipedia.
The Polk award is given to living Mississippi associated artists and art patrons who show an exemplary work of creating, performing and supporting art in their lifetime. Mississippians who have won this award in the past include Writer Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, Walter Anderson, Leontyne price and Morgan Freeman.
President of Mial Nancy La Forge in a press statement said, that there is no one from Mississippi who can make architecture more available to the people like Robert Ivy. She also said that he has taken his place among a list of celebrated Noel Polk Award candidates.
President of AIA Carl Elefante, said that Robert Ivy is a worthy representative of Architectures. This honor comes as the greatest in his personal and career achievement for a person born in Mississippi. He congratulated him on behalf of the AIA.
He is an accomplished writer, and was previously editor- in -chief of Architectural Records before joining AIA. Under his governance Architectural Record grew and become the most widely disseminated journal in the World. He has written a book called Fay jones Architect, printed in 2001 and it is now in its third printing. The book shows the work of the American architect.
He has won other awards such as Alpha Rho Chi awarded by national architecture fraternity. He has also received the Dean’s Medal, but his greatest accomplishment so far is the Polk Award.