The Mississippi institute of Arts and Letters, abbreviated as MIAL, has given Robert Ivy, who is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of The American Institute of Architects the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the first time that an architect has received Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement award. The award is given to living artists and art patrons who are connected to Mississippi in some way. They need to have a lifetime of creating and performing or supporting art and if this is the case they are considered worthy of being specially honored in this way.
Robert Ivy and artist Andrew Cary Young of Jackson Mississippi based Pearl River Glass Studio will be honored. Andrew Cary Young specializes in stained glass art. The award will be presented on June 2. Robert Ivy has been the Chief Executive Officer of the AIA since 2011. He is not only an architect but he is also an author and editor. He tries to make architecture more accessible to the general public and no one does it better that Robert Ivy according to MIAL.
The president of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Carl Elefante is enthusiastic about Robert IVY’S selection for this award. He says that because he is a practicing architect and also an author and editor and him being a Mississippi Native all come together to make him a perfect recipient for the award. The national architecture fraternity known as Alpha Rho Chi has designated him as a Master Architect. He now joins other people who have also received the Noel Polk award over the years. Some of them include the singer Leontyne Price in the year 2000. Artist Walter Anderson received award in 1989. the Actor Morgan Freeman received it in 2007. The writer Eudora Welty received the award in 2001 and the writer Shelby Foote received the award in 2004.
Before joining the AIA Robert Ivy was the editor-in-chief for the magazine Architectural Record. He received many awards while working there. One of these was the prestigious National Magazine Award. The AIA states that his leadership has improved the world wide exposure to the institution.
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