Carl Elefante, who is the president at the American Institute of Architects, quotes, “As the CEO of AIA since 2011 and as an author, editor and practicing architect, Robert Ivy is a worthy ambassador for our profession. This award comes as a crowning personal and professional achievement for him as a native of Mississippi.” Robert Ivy is a rare breed of architects who has recently been awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This is going to be the greatest accomplishment for his professional life, as this award is very hard to attain. Robert Ivy is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, and is also the EVP, too. The accomplishment will be presented by a 501c3 organization called the “Mississippi Institute of Letters and Artists”; it’s quite astonishing that Robert will be the first man in his field to score such a distinguishment, with respect to the past candidates in other professions whose reputation precedes them. Perhaps the best example of this was the infamous Morgan Freeman, who was also presented award in 2007 from the MIAL.

Ivy is very used to receiving honors by this point. Robert Ivy had previously caught up with his popular architectural cohorts such as I. M. Pei (the person who created the important “pyramid” shape on the Louvre grounds in Paris that has become famous in the movie “The DaVinci Code”). Ivy was inducted in Pei’s camp as a brother of the architectural brotherhood named Alpha Rho Chi; Ivy is currently the only designer to achieve this honor within the 21st century. And before any of this was achieved, Ivy got a Dean’s Medal at the University of Arkansas in response to his earlier accomplishments in college.

Robert Ivy did also get his Master’s in Architecture from Tulane. Around 1996, Robert was the editor in chief for a large architecture publication called “Architectural Record”. Additionally, he ended an apprenticeship under the wing of star designer Frank Lloyd Wright, where in 2009 he was credited with the best honor that someone can hope to garnish in their media career: the Crain Award.

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