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Robert Ivy works at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as the executive vice president and the Chief Executive Officer. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects a certification he earned in March 1976. He is also. Recently, Robert Ivy was recognized for his exceptional services delivered to the American public by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). The institute honored him with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement. In fact, he is the first architect to receive the Polk Award. The purpose of the honor is to appreciate Mississippi-connected artists and art leaders. Most importantly, it is awarded to those who spend their lifetime creating, performing and coming up with extraordinary artwork. Artists like Walter Anderson, author Eudora Welty, and actor Morgan Freeman have received the award in the past.

During the event, MIAL President Nancy LaForge recognized Robert Ivy’s efforts in bringing architectural services closer to the people of Mississippi. She acknowledged that Ivy is gifted in many ways as a writer and contributor in the field of architecture globally. With these immense contributions and deep-rooted experience in this field, he deserved to one of the Noel Polk Award winners according to Nancy. At Architectural record, he worked as the Chief Editor in 1996. He was later appointed by McGraw-Hill Media to direct editing operations. In 1981 to 1996, he worked as the principal at Dean/Dale.


The President of the American Institute of Architects, Carl Elefante, FAIA, was proud of Ivy’s honor and recognition and his new ambassador position. He added that the award was the best thing that happened to a person from Mississippi. According to him, people who have achieved a lot in their profession should be rewarded accordingly. Carl passed his congratulatory message to Robert Ivy on behalf of his fellow AIA members.

In 2011, Robert Ivy joined AIA and became CEO. Since then, the institute has grown all over the world. The organization has managed to rally a lot of members behind it under his leadership. Over the last one hundred and sixty years, the organization has never had a lot of members as it currently has.

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