The Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of the American Institute of Arts Robert Ivy have been selected as the recipient of this year’s Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. In press statement released early this week, The President of AIA said that they received the news with great joy from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). This was the first time the award was being given to an architect. The award is often given to artists and patrons from Mississippi who have shown exemplary work in their careers.
While announcing the winner of the award in the same press statement, MIAL President Nancy LaForge said that they were happy to honor Mr. Ivy with the award considering his relentless effort in promoting the lives of people through architecture. “Mr. Ivy has demonstrated that through hard work and determination everything is possible. There is no one in Mississippi, who has made architecture accessible to the public that Mr. Robert Ivy”, said LaForge.
On the other hand, Carl Elefante, the president of the American Institute of Arts said that the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award was a true recognition of Ivy’s efforts in the institution. He said that Robert Ivy had been a pillar of hope for many people in Mississippi and beyond and that his efforts had bore fruits. “I am happy to hear that MIAL picked our own CEO for this prestigious award, we believe that this will motivate him to work even harder,” said Elefante.
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Robert Ivy was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Arts on February 2011. Since his appointment, he has been lauded for transforming the operations of the institutions and lifted its status to international recognition according to Bizjournals.com.
The alumnus of Tulane University School of Architecture is not new to receiving prestigious awards. He was named the Master architect by the fraternity of Architects and also received several other awards such as the National Magazine for his exemplary work.
Prior to being appointed as the CEO of the American Institute of Architecture, Mr. Ivy was the Editor-in-chief of the Architectural Record. Besides, he has been a board member of the American Institute of Arts since 1990’s.
Mr. Robert Ivy joins a team of few famous individuals who have received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. He is set to officially receive the award in June this year alongside one other artist from Mississippi.
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