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Robert Ivy’s receiving of the prestigious and high honor of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is quite the big cause for celebration, as he is the very first architect who will receive the award! Others who have also received this award include actor Morgan Freeman in the year 2007, the late artist Walter Anderson in the year 1989, as well as singer Leontyne Price in the year 2000.

Robert Ivy, who is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the AIA, or the American Institute of Architects indeed has a lifetime of achievement, and a career worth celebrating. To add to his achievements, Robert Ivy also served as an officer of the United States Navy, prior to his start in architecture. As for his education and training, Ivy got a Bachelor of the Arts for English from the college, Sewanee: The University of the South. He also got his Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University.

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Robert Ivy will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at an event on June the second, hosted by the MIAL, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, along with other recipient: stained-glass designer also from Mississippi, Andrew Cary Young.

Robert Ivy boasts in his architecture, making structures and buildings that are more “accessible to the public;” he wants all people to have the ability to enjoy the beauty and value of design and architecture.

In addition to being the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architecture, Ivy also served as McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record magazine/journal’s Editor-in-Chief. While doing so, the magazine won the attention of an increased readership as well as several prestigious literary and media awards. One namely was the award, called “National Magazine Award for General Excellence.” Ivy also helped the magazine in gaining attention from countries such as China, and those in the Middle East. He also helped in making Mandarin and Arabic versions of the magazine for these parts of the world.

Ivy also previously won an award from America’s architecture fraternity, which is called Alpha Rho Chi. Only seven others have been known to take this award home. He won the title from them, of: “Master Architect.”

Also, under Ivy’s leadership at the American Institute of Architects, there are more members a part of the company, more than ever before! Statistically speaking, the AIA reports today that it has the “highest membership level in its 160-year-old history.”

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