It can be named as one of the greatest achievements in the architecture sector. The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters recently organized the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Awards and Robert Ivy was among the individuals recognized by the institution. The Polk Awards are giving to people living in Mississippi and they have positively affected the region with their creativity, art, as well as support which is exceptional for them to be honored in a special way. Robert Ivy is among the few special Mississippians who have been recognized, he joins the list of others among them; Walter Anderson who was recognized in 1989, Shelby Foote in 2004, Morgan Freeman in 2007, Leontyne Price was awarded in 2001, and Eudora Welty in 2001.
When it comes to architecture in Mississippi, no one can beat Mr. Robert Ivy. Ivy is an experienced commentator, writer, and author. Robert is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of The American Institute of Architects a position he took over in 2001. AIA is a professional group of architects in US. They have more than 90,000 members around the US. Their main headquarter is located in Washington DC. According to the President of the American Institute of Architects Carl Elefante the award given to Mr. Ivy is personal and professional as a Mississippi native. Carl went further to congratulate for the honor he received as it also meant a lot to their organization.
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Robert was born and raised in Columbus, Mississippi, United States of America. After his high school graduation, he knew where his passion lies and he joined Tulane University and Tulane School of Architecture for his architect course. After his graduation, he was lucky to secure a job and he served as the Vice President and the Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction as well as the Editorial Chief of Architectural Record from 1996-2006 according to aiacontracts.org. Robert is also an author by profession, he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Art in English from Sewanee University; The University of the South. Mr. Ivy does not only practice architectural but he also acts as a motivational speaker.
He has recently shifted his attention and he is focusing on environmental change. Apart from his recent recognition of Polk Lifetime Achievements Awards he has also been awarded on several occasions including; McGraw-Hill Award for Management Excellence, Crain Awards, and American Business Media. As a writer, Robert Ivy has done several publications which include; Fay Jones; architects which were first published in 2011 and it is in its third edition. Ivy is dedicated to continually improving the architectural industry as well as the environment. He currently lives in Washington D.C.
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