Robert Ivy was honored in April 2018 with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Ivy has been serving as the executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects since February 2011.
His company, AIA, is a leader in licensing new architectural professionals. He also has prior experience as the vice president and editor of Dodge Data Analytics and the editor in chief at S&P Global. These companies specialized in providing financial services and analyzing data results.
Ivy was honored to receive such a prestigious award since it was the first time that an architect was awarded it. However, the Polk Award recognizes residents in Mississippi that contribute to the arts in various ways and Robert Ivy has done just that. Besides his business background, Ivy has also wrote and acted as a commentator on past architectural projects. Carl Elefante, AIA President, was delighted that his colleague was finally recognized for his professional achievements and his personal commitments. Elefante also believes that Ivy has served as the perfect ambassador for the architecture field.
Since 2011, the American Institute of Architects has seen a large expansion across the globe and has been influential to many different nations. Robert Ivy believes that while architects are small in number, they can be quite loud when swaying policymakers. In fact, he has led his team to make effective changes to past tax laws so that group members would be treated fairly. This is why joining an association can be so critical for upcoming professionals. Ivy has worked hard to let architects across the globe know that they can take a stand against unfair practices by getting involved with a professional organization such as AIA. Robert Ivy warns though that members must be committed to the values of AIA when they become joining members.
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