Almost every Mississippi born leader and influencer hopes to get this prestigious yet elusive annual Lifetime achievement award from Mississippi Institute. But this year this grace shines upon American Institute of Architects CEO and executive Vice-chair, Robert Ivy. Robert’s mention marks the first time an architect receives the award since the establishment of the Noel Polk Achievement award. He will be presented with this award on 2nd June in an award hosted at the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL).
According to Nancy LaForge, the MIAL president, the award is just but an appreciation of the extraordinary individuals whose work of performing, creating or supporting art deserves the special honor. She further supported the reasoning behind honoring Robert Ivy with the award while stressing his contributions towards making architecture accessible to the public health. His work at the helm of the American Architectural Association is further complemented by his previous artistic engagements.
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For instance, Robert Ivy once served as the editor-in-chief for the McGraw-Hill Record, an architectural journal publication. He helped the journal soar to unimaginable heights such as being recognized as one of the most read architectural journal in the world in addition to helping it scope numerous publication awards. Robert also shares credit in helping McGraw-Hill establish a foothold in China as well as the launch of the Mandarin version of the publication.
Robert Ivy would later replicate the success achieved at McGraw-Hill during his tenure as the CEO and EVC of the American Architects. While he was appointed AIA chief executive officer less than a decade ago, Robert has initiated reforms that have had far-reaching impacts on the institution. For instance, the institute’s membership has since grown to a record high in its 160-years of existence. Additionally, the institute has expanded its reach and opened two new chapters in China and Canada to reach seven global chapters.
When making the announcement, Nancy mentioned that the institute wouldn’t be any prouder to have a writer, editor, and a practicing architect carry fly the awards mantle high. Robert joins other top flying celebrities, artists and business leaders who have previously had the honors of winning the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Others include actor Morgan Freeman (2007), writer Shelby Foote (2004), and Singer Leontyne Price (2000). The American Institute of Architects has also expressed their joy as they also showed their CEO and one of their own with praises on scoping this award.
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SWball May 26, 2018