Robert Ivy Is A Man With A Unique Vision For The Future Of Building

Robert Ivy, CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and EVP (Executive Vice President) of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) has won the Lifetime Achievement Award from he Mississippi Institute of Letters and Arts. The recognition is given to artists and patrons of the arts with Mississippi connections. Mr. Ivy is the first architect to be so honored.

CEO Ivy also received praise from the AIA president for this unique honor and called Mr. Ivy a worthy ambassador for the architectural profession. Robert Ivy has been at the helm of the AIA since 2011. In the past Ivy has been awarded the Dean’s Medal from the University Of Arkansas Fay Jones School Of Architecture and the Master Architect designation by the National Fraternity of Architecture Alpha Rho Chi. Past recipients of the Alpha Rho Chi award were I.M.Pei, Richard Buckminster Fuller and Mies van der Rohe. Ivy will receive his award in early June 2018 along with Andrew Cary Young who is a stained glass designer representing Pearl River Glass Studios. The ceremony will take place at the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

Robert Ivy’s educational background includes earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Sewanee: The University of the South in English and from Tulane University, a Master of Architecture degree. His professional background includes being a principal with Dean & Ivy and Dean/Dale as well as being a critic for many national professional publications.

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To his credit, Ivy has helped the AIA grow in members and expand its focus to include educational initiatives, public health and architectural advocacy. His goal is to enhance public awareness of the profession of the relevance and value of all architects. Since taking on the AIA Ivy has streamlined the organization with decision making improvements, creating and developing a state of the art technology infrastructure, as well as an award winning public awareness campaign.

Ivy fins it essential for architects to prepare for the pressing issues of the day including the impact of design on public health, sustainability and climate change. It is important to bring together architects as well as other groups involved in building design and construction to be able to work together effectively and efficiently for the betterment of development and redevelopment.

Together with his professional experience and education background, Ivy has influenced the profession through leadership by example. That is part of his formula of success and how it lead to the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

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Lawrence Bender Creates A Hit Crossing Genres in From Dusk til Dawn

George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino star as the robber Gecko brothers duo, Seth and Richie, who, while fleeing the authorities, stumble upon a bar just over the Mexican border that has kept a dark secret in From Dusk Til Dawn.

The movie opens with the Gecko brothers robbing a liquor store, murdering the cashier and a Texas lawman.

Later, in their motel room they discover that they are being pursued by the authorities in connection with an earlier bank robbery and kidnapping of a clerk and agree to head to the safety they believe they will find by escaping across the Mexican border.

A retired former minister, Jacob Fuller, played by Harvey Keitel is on a road vacation with his two teenage children in their RV.

The Gecko brothers carjack the Fuller family, spotting an opportunity to craftily sneak past the border authorities who have been alerted to their identities.

Once across the border, the RV crew drives to a resting spot, a bar in the middle of nowhere, where Clooney offers to buy everyone a drink to celebrate their evasion of the American authorities.

The Gecko brothers and the Fuller family connect with a retired Vietnam vet and a biker inside of the bar.

As the day ends, the entertainment inside of the bar begins to take on a sinister and hedonistic character.

A dancer introduced as the most diabolical woman on the planet, played by Selma Hayek, performs an exotic dance after which the younger Gecko brother, Richie becomes injured. The sight of blood is enough to turn Hayek and her fellow bar workers into full blown vampires.

The situation becomes hopeless with nearly every patron at the bar either being eaten or turned into a vampire, except for Clooney and the Fuller daughter.

After a draining evening of vampire slaying light begins to enter the bar and causes the vampires to retreat and explode.

At the end of the movie, it is revealed that the bar sits on top of a buried Aztec pyramid.

Lawrence Bender served as the executive producer of From Dusk til Dawn.

Bringing together Quentin Tarantino as the screenwriter and Robert Rodriguez as the director, the film was able to craft a unique retelling of the age old vampire legends.

While not a blockbuster, the 1996 film did better than average, generating close to $26 million at the box office.

The story cleverly brought together the cross genres of crime movie and horror film in a highly entertaining way.

Lawrence Bender

Graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in Civil Engineering, Lawrence Bender has become a much celebrated American film producer.

Lawrence Bender was born in Bronx, New York to Jewish parents.

Known for such hits as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Nancy Drew and Kill Bill, Bender’s works have been nominated to receive the Academy Award best picture honors.

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