Mr. Robert Ivy, form 2011 to date, is CEO and EVP at American Institute of Architects (AIA). At some point in his career, in 1996, he worked as Editor in Chief of Architectural Record. Ivy was also McGraw-Hill Construction Media’s Editorial Director and Vice President. He has been awarded many awards both for himself and for the companies he worked for. In the year 2009, he was awarded with the Crain Award, the highest honor for an individual from the American Business Media.
Robert attended the University of the South and attained a BA degree in English, honors Cum Laude. After that, he obtained a Masters in Architecture degree from Tulane University in 1976. Due to the continuous shift of people from the rural to the urban areas, architects are now working on using sustainable technology designs. Ivy says that architects have a lot of creative ideas they can incorporate into their designs.
These architectural designs should be able to accommodate dense urban areas now and also in future. The designs will bring changes to different parts of the world and help solve population issues in urban areas. Mr. Robert insists that how we design our buildings affects our public health. He goes on to explain that architecture should be part of the medical and public health education due to architecture’s effects our health.
In addition to this, there are institutions of learning designed to prevent obesity, medical facilities designed to promote healing and also Alzheimer facilities using natural light therapy. All these are in support of Robert Ivy’s architecture role in public health. There are already many scientific research studies taking place to prove the relationship between architecture and public health.
AIA is sponsoring hackathons and the development of device apps. Architects and designers are comfortable with this. Ivy says that this will make members of the public more involved with architecture and it is good for the professionals and the public to interact.