The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters have announced the awarding of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award to Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy.
Awarded yearly to artists and art patrons connected to the Mississippi area who have made significant contributions to their crafts or fields of work, the honor has been bestowed on leading figures such as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty and Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, amongst many others since the 1990s. Robert Ivy would become the first architect to have the award bestowed on them.
In announcing the award, President of the MIAL Nancy LaForge credited Ivy with “making architecture more accessible to the general public”, while praising further achievements by Ivy as a writer, educator and commentator on global architecture.
CEO of AIA since 2011, Robert Ivy launched a campaign of technological integration with the organization’s projects and programs, ensuring that it maintained a stronger presence online than it had in the past. He also prioritized global expansion of the organization, leading the AIA to its highest membership numbers since its founding in 1857.
Before joining the AIA, Robert Ivy held the position of Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record, in operation under noted publisher McGraw-Hill Education. During his tenure, the celebrated journal would become the most widely read and disseminated of its kind globally. Ivy would also be integral to the successful expansion of design and construction media arm of McGraw-Hill into the Middle and Far Eastern markets; the success of this expansion would be particularly highlighted by the launch of a Mandarin-language Architectural Record.
A professional organization for American architects, the American Institute of Architects was founded in New York City by thirteen leading architects. The organization was designed to provide education, engage in outreach and carry out political advocacy for the benefit of architects, and has maintained its mission statement through its 160-year existence. The AIA currently has over 90,000 members and 260 operational chapters globally, including in Asia and Europe. The professional organization operates out of Washington DC.
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