Robert Ivy Top of the American Institute of Architects Ladder
In an interview, Robert Ivy gave advice about the way architects affect other areas of people’s lives and what he believes is their duty. Mr. Ivy holds the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects. He encouraged architects to think outside the scope of their field since they can have an impact as members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Architecture and Health
Mr. Ivy said architects help the public being involved in disaster relief that assists in improving health for the people affected. At one annual gathering of the U.S. building industry leaders, the AIA announced a commitment over ten years to develop programs and solutions that focus on public health. As a part of this commitment, it will include university support grants and work with communities. He feels the organization can be effective in helping with non-communicable diseases like heart disease and diabetes by building cities designed for exercising. This can be done by designing buildings with stairs and consider how designs can have access to fresh air and sunlight. This is part of the goal to promote health and welfare of occupants along with safety.
In the future, Robert Ivy hopes to have more proof buildings are making an impact on health and other avenues of people’s lives. The AIA is also looking into the development of device apps. Due to the uptick in hacking, he said it is appropriate for architects and the design community to be protected with good solutions. Mr. Ivy thinks technology is the future and with it apps for the architect industry.
Education and Employment Positions
Robert Ivy earned a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Sewanee University. He has served as the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record in 1996, and then the Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw Hill Construction Media.
He was named the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects in 2011. After being named to this position Mr. Ivy has changed the direction of AIA by launching a public awareness campaign in the impact the organization can have on public health and sustainability. This includes building materials used and designs to promote healthy living.
Mr. Ivy has a social media presence on several popular social media sites. He is involved in speaking frequently to public audiences about how architecture plays a role in people’s lives. He has been honored with awards such as the 2009 Crain Award, which is the highest award presented for the American Business Media recognition of an individual and in 2010 the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi in a unanimous vote named Mr. Ivy as Master Architect.
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