AIAs Executive Vice President Explains How Architects Effect Public Health

Since 2011 Robert Ivy has been CEO and Executive Vice President of AIA. AIA has over 90,000 members of Architects and design Professionals in more than 250 chapters committed to enhancing the built environment.

Robert Ivy contributes to the American Institute of Architects through public Outreach, education initiatives and advocacy that helps members serve their communities and clients. Before working with AIA Robert Ivy worked for McGraw-Hill construction as their editorial director and vice president as as well as working with architectural record magazine as editor-in-chief.

But Robert Ivy’s most latest concerns are preparing Architects for today’s pressing issues of sustainability, climate change and the impact design has on public health. He stated in an interview with that people look at buildings as objects more than the Agents of change that would affect Public Health.

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This is something that most people don’t realize about architecture. It can really affect the health of the communities. Architects take into consideration everyday health by how buildings are designed. They do this by taking into consideration fresh air, access to sunlight, clean water and so much more. Robert Ivy also pointed out in his interview that the choice of materials used to build also affects both mass and individual health.

Ultimately Robert Ivy would like to see more proof that buildings are making an impact. Stating that most architectural studies in the past focused solely on lighting, but with more critical effort architectural studies can track where buildings need more attention for the well-being and productivity of the communities.

CEO Robert Ivy has been very accomplished in his career being honored for effectively communicating the value of design by Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity and being author of The Fay Jones biography, which often speaks about the meaning and roll architecture place in our lives.

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