One of the biggest challenges in the world is unemployment. Unemployment is caused by a number of things but the biggest factor is a lack of communication between aspiring employees and employers. This gap between the two is bridged by association. Professional associations are beneficial both to the job seekers and employers not only because they ease communication but also because of a number of things as discussed below.
Collecting credentials. By joining a professional organization, one is able to build their credibility. Just by being a member, you have shown commitment to your profession. By being involved and competitive you are showing your current, for those that are already employed, and future employers that you have leadership skills. When participating in and winning the association’s awards and honors, you make your resume stand out while at the same time exposing yourself to interested parties. Some organization might have a code of ethics or work within philosophies that will boost your credentials. One such association is the American Institute of Architects. For someone to join the AIA, you need to uphold certain values, as required by association and can be held accountable, according to Robert Ivy.
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Assistance in job hunting. In the society that we live in, you need to know someone who knows someone who knows another for you to be abreast with job opportunities. What better place to create a build a network of like-minded professionals that might result in job opportunities, than in professional associations.
Learning industry interests. In most organizations, there is a priority given to political lobbying, though some industries might develop wings that are designed to sway the policymakers to make decisions that favor the company at large. Robert Ivy, the CEO and executive vice president of American Institute of Architects, understands the influence an association can have in creating, changing and removing policies that are not suitable for their business.
Robert Ivy has received a number of awards and honors over the years with his first being back in 1998 when he won the McGraw-Hill award for management excellence. As a professional architect, Robert Ivy is also amongst the only seven members to be named given the title “Master Architect” by the Alpha Rho Chi fraternity.
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Robert Ivy serves as American Institute of Architects’ Vice President, as well as, CEO. As an outstanding executive, Robert is honored to receive the Noel Polk Lifetime Prize presented by MIAL. The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award Ivy this present in recognition of his exclusive operations geared towards performance and invention. The popularity of Robert Ivy regarding his acquisition of the award stems from not only his exemplary execution of duties but also his current position.
Mr. Ivy is a premier architect to receive the Noel Polk Achievement Award. According to Nancy LaForge, MIAL’s President, Robert is a renowned architect who ensures that the architectural activities’ accessibility to the public is appropriate and efficient. Nancy postulates that Robert is the best individual to receive the prize as an author and commentator on global architecture.
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Other executives in the industry share similar perceptions of Robert to that of Nancy. Consequently, the President of the American Institute of Architecture, Carl Elefante, terms Robert Ivy as a loyal and productive member for the career. Carl postulates that the Noel Polk Award crowns Robert’s professional and personal success as a Mississippi resident. Carl Elefante, therefore, is delighted by the accomplishments of his colleague. Since the entry of Robert into The American Institute of Architects in 2011, Ivy has expanded the company’s presence and operations. This factor thus qualified Ivy into being among the most honored and distinguished natives of Mississippi. Other famous individuals in Mississippi include Morgan Freeman, Walter Anderson, and authors including Eudora Welty and Shelby Foote.
Besides the acquisition of a famous prize from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, Robert Ivy maintains other past accolades. The most recognized previous awards of Robert Ivy include Master Architect presented by the Alpha Rho Chi architecture fraternity and the Dean’s Medal Prize. Additionally, different executives have globally recognized Mr. Ivy’s leadership strategy. Robert is a renowned architecture whose presence in AIA as CEO has influenced the organization’s global rank. Currently, the American Institute of Architects possesses the highest level of membership in its 160-year existence history.
Robert’s attainment of the Noel Polk Achievement Award is a reflection of his successes at AIA. Ivy’s accomplishments in the organization include pioneering the operations of the company leading to its recognition by prestigious agencies. Moreover, Robert owns other signature accomplishments directed towards perfecting governance in AIA. Consequently, Mr. Ivy played significant roles in improving the decision-making procedures in the organization leading to the exclusive execution of the company’s operations.
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Robert Ivy is a graduate of Sewanee, the University of the South, with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in English. He then did his masters degree in Architecture at Tulane University. He is an author, editor and practicing architect. In 2001, he published the biography, Fay Jones, which is currently in its third edition.
Ivy has served in the United States Navy as an officer before becoming an architect. He was also McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record editor-in-chief, and with his leadership, the record became the most worldwide distributed architectural journal and won various awards that included National Magazine Award. Robert Ivy also led the fast growth of McGraw-Hill’s design and construction media in China and the Middle East.
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In 2011, Robert joined the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and was made the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2011. Being an ambassador of the architect profession, he has made the institute, with the aid of seven worldwide chapters, grow significantly with membership being at its highest level since the beginning of the institute 160 years ago. Speaking of awards, Ivy’s effective communication on the value of design has made the national architecture fraternity to previously honor him making him the only architect selected to receive this honor in the 21st century and also one of the seven receivers of the same in 100 years since the fraternity started. Also, the University Of Arkansas Fay Jones School Of Architecture gave Ivy the Dean’s Medal in 2017.
On June 2nd, 2018, Robert Ivy, American Institute of Architects’ Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) together with Andrew Cary Young (a stained-glass designer) will be receiving the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). He will be the first architect to receive the Polk Award that is always given to artists and art patrons in Mississippi according to zdnet.com.