June 22

Robert Ivy’s Role In Architecture; Ivy Receives The Noel Polk Award

Robert Ivy, CEO of AIA, the American Institute of Architects, was recently honored with another award. Ivy has been associated with over 30 awards, mostly for magazines he assisted with the creation of. Architectural Record has been given 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards alone. Now, with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, Ivy adds another award to his list of honors.

This year’s Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award is unusual in one peculiar way: the award is typically reserved for artists. However, some would argue that an architect is an artist. CEO of AIA, Robert Ivy was given the award for his outstanding architectural contributions to the State of Mississippi. The Noel Polk Award is given out by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. In order for a person to be considered for the award they must first have a career background that benefited Mississippi.

One of Ivy’s peers had kind words upon Ivy’s recognition. AIA President Carl Elefante said: “This award comes as a personal and professional achievement for him as a native of Mississippi.

Before joining AIA Robert Ivy worked at McGraw-Hill, serving as an editor for some of the best architecture magazines ever to be printed. Architectural Record was one of the magazines published by McGraw-Hill and went on to be translated across the Middle East and China.

McGraw-Hill wasn’t the first job Ivy held. He was also a principal at Dean/Dale. He was also on the panel that selected the head architect for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, a memorial to honor the President that had one of America’s greatest architectural accomplishments – the interstate system commissioned.

Robert Ivy gained his expertise in the field of architecture from Tulane University, earning a Masters in Architecture. Tulane University was founded in 1834, and was originally titled the Medical College of Louisiana. Ivy also attended The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

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June 18

Vijay Eswaran: Soaring Above, Not Beyond, The Coral

The QI Group of Companies, with headquarters in Hong Kong, is the brainchild of Malaysian born Vijay Eswaran. He is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, philanthropist and family man. The Company operates out of Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Online through ecommerce. It is highly regarded as a multilevel marketing (MLM) venture that enjoys above comfortable profit margins for its participants.

Vijay Eswaran earned his advanced degrees from several institutions. They include the London School of Economics (LSE), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Southern Illinois University in the USA. He applies experience from a diverse background including construction, grapevine and information technology sites.

Each of his four globally syndicated publications enjoy promising reception toward Vijay Eswaran’s desire to impact the world. “In the Sphere of Silence” was released in 2005 and details his quest for quietude at first light. “In the Thinking Zone” was released in 2008 and focuses on sharing his life perspective through anecdotes and observations. “18 Stepping Stones” was released in 2010 and presents an “A” way to overcoming life’s daily challenges toward success. And “On the Wings of Thought” was released in 2011 and is a pictorial inspiration designed to enlighten and uplift.

Vijay Eswaran’s inspirational example shines through his speaking engagements and his philanthropy. He established the RYTHM Foundation which helps achieve global sustainable development goals (SDGs) before the concept was officially sanctioned by the United Nations. He and his wife also founded a homeland focused charity called Vijayaratnam in honor of his father. Vijay’s wife, Umayal, serves as its Chair. Vijay Eswaran’s many functions include Executive Chair of the QI Group. It was established in 1998 and networks across more than 30 countries. His passion is to help everyone overcome fear and suggests we start by emulating Jonathan Livingston Seagull.