It might not seem like it at first glance but the field of architecture is just as much an art as it is a science. Anyone who has ever studied architecture understands that it is a profession that requires not only a head for numbers and measurements but a sense of creativity. Architects must be able to use math to create mathmatically accurate plans for buidlings but like all artists they must also be able to envision something that is not yet real and then imagine it into existence. This is why when the organization that is known as the Mississippi Instiute of Arts and Letters announced its slate of honorees for 2018 it made sense that American Insitute of Architects’ chief executive officer and executive vice president Robert Ivy was among them.
According to the American Institute of Architects Robert Ivy received the honor of being awarded with the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters’ prestigious Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award has been given to high profile creatives with connections to the Southern state of Mississippi such as the Oscar-nominated actor Morgan Freeman and the groundbreaking opera singer Leontyne Price. That the Mississippi Instiute of Arts and Letters chose to honor Robert Ivy alongside an actor and a performer shows that they recognize the creative potential that resides in the field of architecture.
According to a press release Robert Ivy actually made history by being the very first recepient of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award that has been an architect. His receipt of the award should not be surprising to anyone that has followed his career. Ivy has long been in the business of proving that architecture is a very expansive discipline that can overlap with other fields such as public health design. The other recepient of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award was the glass designer Andrew Cary Young.
The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is not the only professional honor that Robert Ivy has received throughout the course of his illustrious career as an architect. The American Insitute of Architects Chief Executive Officer has also received an award that is known as the Dean’s Medal from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture. He was also named a Master Architect by the same architecture fraternity that gave the designation of Master Architect to the acclaimed inventor Richard Buckminister Fuller.
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