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The Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robert Ivy will receive an award on the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL).

Robert Ivy will be the first architect to receive the Polk Award, which is normally awarded to associated artists living Mississippi. This award has made him be included into the league of those people who have been previously awarded which include writer Shelby Foote, singer Leontyne Price, actor Morgan Freeman, writer Eudora Welty, the late artist Walter Anderson.

The MIAL President, Nancy LaForge said that there is nobody in Mississippi who can be compared to Robert Ivy when it comes to publicizing architecture. She also praised Ivy for the efforts he had put using architecture to transform the lives of people. She ended by congratulating Mr. Ivy for scooping the prestigious award from their institution.

Before joining the American Institute of Architects he was the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record. During his tenure at the publishing institution, he brought about major changes that lifted the standards of Architectural record as a publishing house. Besides, he also received several awards including the National Magazine Award.

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Robert Ivy has in a great way improved the global picture of American Institute Of Architects. Ever since he joined the institution, there have been tremendous improvements including an increase in membership. Robert Ivy has also been on the forefront championing for the need of diversification in the field of architecture. At the event which will occur in June, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters will honor stained- glass designer Andrew Cary and Robert Ivy with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Besides the occasional lifetime achievement award, MIAL also gives awards to people in different personal categories. For instance among those who have been honored in the past include author Barry Hannah, Ellen Gilchrist, Walker Percy and Richard Ford.

About the American Institute of Architects

The institute was established in 1857. It works coherently to design valuable, standard and suitable infrastructure within our towns and community. The Institution has its headquarters in Washington DC although it is also responsible for coordinating activities of over 300 other AIA chapters across the country. Aha has more than 90,000 members around the US. American Institute of Architects is also responsible for issuing licenses to qualified architects in the country. Since he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer, Robert Ivy has transformed the institution and brought it to the public limelight.

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