The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters has announced that it will give Robert Ivy the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Arts its Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Through a press release issued by the American Institute of Arts, Mr. Ivy is set to receive the award in a ceremony which will be held at the institution’s main offices in Mississippi. The institution has broken a record by deciding to recognize Mr. Ivy considering he is an architect. Previous the Institutions has been only awarding artists and patrons who hail from Mississippi.
In a statement, MIAL president Nancy LaForge said that they were delighted to honored Mr. Robert Ivy with the award. “We are happy to present this award to Mr. Robert Ivy because he has demonstrated that he deserves it. We have been following his work closely and we realized that there is no one in Mississippi who made architecture accessible to the public than Mr. Ivy”, said LaForge. On his part, the president of the American Institute of Arts (AIA) Carl Elefante said that Mr. Ivy he was happy to hear about the news and that the award was a true recognition of Ivy’s tireless efforts.
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Mr. Robert Ivy has become the first architect to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. He joins a list of few other famous individuals from Mississippi who include Authors Walker Percy, Barry Hannah, and Richard Ford among others. In addition to the Lifetime Achievements issued every year, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters also recognize individual efforts made by people in various fields within Mississippi.
Before joining the American Institute of Arts as the CEO, Mr. Robert Ivy was the Chief Editor of the Architectural Record. He has also previously received various awards including the being named the Master Architect by the fraternity of architects, a National Magazine Award among others.
Mr. Robert Ivy was appointed as the Chief Executive of the American Institute of Architects in 2011 and has brought about numerous changes since then. He has been on the forefront in championing for diversification in the field of architecture in a bid to helping the community, especially in the health sector.
The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters will on 2 June present the awards to Mr. Robert Ivy and stained-glass designer, Andrew carries and the institution’s headquarters. Mr. Ivy expressed his joy after receiving the news.