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Chief Executive Officer of American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy, has just been granted the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters; and throughout his professional career and personal life, he has earned that award stupendously. With a profoundly decorated career in architecture, as well as a varied educational background, Robert Ivy has shown his many qualities and gifts throughout his professional life, starting with his cum laude Bachelor of Arts in English, and moving onto his Masters degree in Architecture in 1976. A Tulane University graduate, he also has many extensive architectural publications and critiques, such as a biography of the American Architect Fay Jones.

The first architect to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, Ivy is also the former Editor-in-Chief of the Architectural Record for McGraw-Hill, as well as the recipient of the designation of “Master Architect” from the national architectural fraternity Alpha Rho Chi.

At McGraw-Hill, he exploded the Architectural Record’s growth, launching a Mandarin version, and growing it’s readership in places such as the Middle East, making it the most widely dispersed architectural magazine in the entire world.

Other gifted and talented individuals to receive this award include artist Walter Anderson, writer Shelby Foote, as well as actor Morgan Freeman. Robert is an incredible and gifted architect who helps make Mississippi a better and brighter place, and is definitely deserving to be distinguished in such an honorable way. Being the first ever architect to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award is a high honor, and Robert Ivy is the best person suited to receive such an honor in the State of Mississippi.

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Robert Ivy born in Columbus, Mississippi, United States is the executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects. Ivy was also named the chief executive officer in 2011. He went to Tulane University where he acquired a Masters of Architecture. Robert has received several awards including the Crain Award in 2009, the American Business Media’s highest recognition. In 1998 he also won the McGraw-Hill Award for management excellence. Ivy was named Master Architect in March 2010 after the national architecture fraternity unanimously voted for him.

The American Institute of Architects announced a decade-long commitment that would help develop design and solutions for cities and address public health, maintenance and resiliency challenges. The announcement was at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. Robert Ivy states that AIA seeks to show the relationship between building design and the health of those who live or work there. “Decade of Design” is the title given to the effort. It involves funding and contributions from the AIA through university research, community planning elaborations and “Show Us Your APPtitude Hackathon,” which are designed to promote creative apps and technologies as a launching pad.

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Robert Ivy says that the announcement of the ten-year commitment was made at the Clinton Global Initiative since it is a platform that is unparalleled for sharing information. At CGI, he works for a group with Regina M Benjamin, U.S Surgeon General, MD, MBA; Gro Harlem Brundtland, U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Maryland student, Jack Andraka. Jack Andraka is a 15-year-old who invented a method that used in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

Robert Ivy heads a professional organization that encourages architects to think beyond aesthetic design. He views architecture as a way of boosting public health by designing buildings that encourage people to climb stairs. Robert works at the AIA’s Washington, D.C office where Ivy handles over 200 employees and oversees an annual budget of 56 million dollars. He helps the public understand architects and their value to the society. When he was appointed EVP and CEO of AIA, Robert brought on board vast knowledge and experience to the job. He believes the future of architecture is sustainability. In addition to designing environmentally friendly buildings, he urges architects to make buildings that can withstand harsh weather conditions. Robert remain the most successful and experienced architect ever know in the world for excellent skills and vast knowledge in the field of architecture.

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