The American Institute of Architects, also known as the AIA, has been around since the 19th century. Through the years, the institution has only selected the finest individuals who will lead the organization. In 2011, Robert Ivy was selected to become the next chief executive officer of the organization after the former leader retired. He was also chosen to become the executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects. Under his leadership, he promoted the architectural profession and convinced the public about the importance of the profession in the development of the United States. Aside from highlighting the organization’s importance, he also made it sure that architects practicing in the United States will follow a strict guideline that would help them to become more efficient.
Recently, Robert Ivy was given recognition by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. He is the first architect to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was grateful that he received such recognition. According to the organizers of the event, they have chosen him to be this year’s recipient of the lifetime achievement award because he has contributed so much to the field of arts. As an architect, he managed to influence the artistic side of the profession, promoting it to the eyes of the public. The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is only given to those who have great contributions in the field of arts, who are mostly residents of Mississippi. Robert stated that he is honored, knowing that his efforts in the field of architecture are being recognized. Aside from Robert Ivy, the previous recipient of the recognition was individuals who have contributed greatly in the field of arts, including writers, actors, singers, and artists.
The American Institute of Architects stated that they are happy with the recognition that their CEO and executive vice president received. They claimed that it would boost the morale of the architects across the country, and it would add credence to their organization. Before he became the CEO and executive vice president of the organization, Robert Ivy worked as an editor in chief at the McGraw Hill Publishing Company, and he was the one behind the Architectural Record. The newsletter that he supervised became one of the most popular newsletters in the field of architecture, and it was widely read around the world. Today, the leader of the American Institute of Architects serves as an inspiration for the young Americans who are dreaming of becoming architects someday.