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CEO Robert Ivy — American Institute of Architects First Time Recipient of the Polk Award

The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) usually credit photographers, visual arts, and musicians with its Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement commendation. In it, the Institute has honored some outstanding achievers for more than 35 years. However, CEO and Mississippi native, Robert Ivy has recently received the Polk Award. Even more, the AIA Vice president is a first-time recipient of such honor.

Of course, Ivy has been AIA’s Executive Vice President and CEO since 2011. Also, he is an author, writer and a worldwide architecture commentator. So, it comes as no surprise; he takes his spot with other Noel Polk Award honorees. Also, the former US Navy officer held a position as Editor in Chief for McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record before becoming a part of the AIA.

With Robert Ivy’s management, Architectural Record grew to be the most widely spread architect journal worldwide and earned many awards — which included the Ellie Awards for excellent service. The MIAL organization will formally present, both Mississippians — architect, Ivy and Andrew Cary Young (stained-glass artist) with the Lifetime Achievement Award during June 2. Interestingly, Mr. Ivy has an honorary title, Master Architect, which came from the national architectural association.

Similarly, the camaraderie, Alpha Rho Chi has recognized other well-known architects around the world. Nonetheless, there’s no one in Mississippi to make architecture available to the community like Robert Ivy. For that reason, the MIAL’s President Nancy Laforge has so taken notice. What’s more, Robert Ivy has grown the AIA’s area throughout the world. Now, the Institute in all of its 160-year-old record has the highest subscription level.

So, when you become a member of AIA, the Institute will provide resources to help you with your business. Indeed, we face many issues in our communities and the world. Thus, the American Institute of Architects provides its participants with tools to connect to the public in finding the right solution to those issues. When the AIA started in 1857, it aimed to produce more sustainable buildings, communities, and neighborhoods.

Afterward, the organization support ideas that will benefit the public’s well-being and strengthen economic durability. At the moment, under the guidance of Robert Ivy, the American Institute of architects are working through 200 or more local and state chapters in performing and providing the highest professional expectations.

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American Institute Of Architects CEO’s legacy

Robert Ivy was born in Columbus and currently resides in Washington DC. He has a master’s degree in Architecture from Tulane University. He is now the current Vice President and CEO of American Institute of Architects. He acquired this position on 1st February 2011. His main aim at AIA is to address today’s issues and future issues such as environment and public health.

CEO Robert Ivy has dedicated his profession to the public health through various ways such as draining of swamps in Washington DC. He also came up with the idea of the Olmsted design of Central Park in New York which was to normalize a part of the city that was highly challenged and to eliminate poor housing structures. This idea was initially conceived in the context of improving public health.

AIA is the organization of architects and its mission to promote professional perfection within its own community of members. They have more than 900,000 members across the United States.

Robert Ivy commitment to public health is also evident in the way he comes with ideas on how buildings should be built considering on how they have access to sunlight, as well as fresh air. Buildings can also be built in a way that the can promote body exercise example constructing an apartment where it is necessary to walk to access your house will help to keep the local healthy since they will not suffer from conditions such as diabetes or obesity.

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On the interview with Robert Ivy found on the, he mentions that there is high need in collaborating with other professions. Here he tries to emphasize the benefits of teamwork since nothing good is done in isolation. He says that one of the essential skills of successful architects if the ability to manage large or huge teams.

Robert also lays emphasize on the importance of using safe materials for construction, constructions equipment make up a large part in any building and once the materials are faulty they can cause health problems. He urges architects to get their building materials from qualified and established suppliers. Since this guarantees safety.

His passion has also been seen in his work, Robert Ivy is active in supervising the construction of safe houses as well as recreational areas that are environmental friendly. He also urges future architects to work closely with public health officers to ensure the environment is safer and healthier for all.

Robert Ivy’s impact in the community has been felt and his legacy in advocating for a safer environment will leave on for future and upcoming architects to follow.