For several years now, the Mississippi community has been awarding individuals who go out of their way to contribute, perform or bring art to life with the famed Noel Polk Award. This honor often goes a long way in making the community in and around Mississippi more motivated to walk the extra mile in doing what is right by any form of art that they are involved in. The recent entrant to the list of Honorees is Robert Ivy.
Even though many individuals have worked hard enough and are on this list, Robert Ivy is a special case as he is the first individual from the realm of architecture to be honored with this accolade. Thereby, Robert’s clenching this award is quite a big deal as he is representing the rest of the architects in the world.
Nevertheless, it is essential to note, that Robert Ivy did not clinch the esteemed accolade because he is an architect, but thanks to his contributions to that field. While commenting on the matter, Carl Elefante, president of AIA said that Robert is indeed a force to reckon in Mississippi as he has worked himself to the core to ensure that architecture is more accessible to members of the general public.
For instance, ever since he took over as the Chief executive officer of the AIA in 2011, Robert Ivy has marked significant milestones in the realm of his profession. Under his belt, AIA is no longer restricted to the USA but now boasts a global footprint with architect memberships across the world. Robert has marked milestones not only in AIA but also in his previous workplaces. While working at McGraw Hills as the firm’s Journal editor in chief, Robert Ivy helped the journal gain a worldwide audience and is now one of the most widely distributed architectural resources.
Thanks to the Noel Polk award, Robert who is an author and commentator of matters architecture, will now be mentioned in the same breath with other great Mississippi individuals who have bagged the award in the past such as Morgan Freeman, Walter Anderson and various others who are not only in Mississippi’s hall of fame but also the worlds. Robert received the award with Andrew Cary Young, a stained glass designer worth his salt at the Mississippi Institute of art making him an ambassador of architecture.
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