Robert Ivy: Bridging The Gap Between Design And Public Health

He’s the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer running a larger network upwards of 250 chapters and over 90,000 professionals in design and architecture. Robert Ivy has been a part of the American Institute of Architects for several years. His goal is to better enhance the Association by doing outreach and educational efforts that benefits all members who provide service to clients around the globe. Robert Ivy began his mission way back in 2011. He took on the role to change the profession to bring about more public awareness of the important jobs of architects.

CEO Ivy is noted for his success in steer-heading the AIA to improve the plan for creating an advance technology system and the famous public consciousness movement. His sights are on moving AIA resources to give architects preparation in dealing with world pressures of climate change and how design effects the public health. Prior to joining AIA, Robert Ivy was a Vice President and the Editorial Director at McGraw-Hill Constructions. He is noted with various industry awards especially one for Journalism. The honor came from the American Society of Magazine Editors. Mr. Ivy is a proud member of Alpha Rho Chi, a fraternity of national architects. His book, The definitive biography of Fay Jones: Architect has a third edition. He has also sat on the panel as a judge for the selection of Frank Gehry, the designer of the Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial. In addition to his successes, he was nominated “Master Architect” by his fraternity, exclusive honor for his on going work in design.

Mr. Ivy states that AIA looks to bring together design and public health of the people that use the buildings and live there. He believes one must use the strength of design to bring the discussion to the public health conversation. It’s called “Decade of Design” which means monetary contributions from the organization in various steps. One is community planning and what’s been named “Show Us Your APPtidue Hackathon.” It’s mission is to design apps with state of the art technology as a launching pad. One of the three awardees was the project called Evaluating Health Benefits of Livable areas, from Texas A&M University. It’s a clever idea of finding out what the impacts are on health from a small toolkit. Competition is a regular thing in the design world. Every professional knows this and it comes with the industry. This refers to the growing presence of Hackathons. It’s all about creating solutions to problems. In the end, people learn a great way to help and enhance architecture. Robert Ivy further states he’s searching for the help to continue to bring data to show proof with deep case studies showing the link between design and health.

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